out of sorts

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1. A group of persons or things of the same general character; a kind. See Usage Note at kind2.
2. Character or nature: books of a subversive sort.
3. One that exemplifies the characteristics of or serves a similar function to another: "A large dinner-party ... made a sort of general introduction for her to the society of the neighbourhood" (George Eliot).
4. A person; an individual: The clerk is a decent sort.
5. Computers An operation that arranges data in a specified way: did an alphabetic sort on the columns of data.
6. Archaic A way of acting or behaving: "in this sort the simple household lived / From day to day" (William Wordsworth).
v. sort·ed, sort·ing, sorts
1. To place or arrange according to class, kind, or size; classify: sorted the books into boxes by genre. See Synonyms at arrange.
2. To separate from others: sort the wheat from the chaff.
1. To make a search or examination of a collection of things: sorted through the laundry looking for a matching sock.
2. To be or become arranged in a certain way.
Phrasal Verb:
sort out
1. To separate from others: sorted out the books to be donated to the library.
2. To clarify or resolve: She tried to sort out her problems.
3. To bring or restore to health or good condition: A good night's sleep will sort you out.
4. To reprimand or punish (someone) for a mistake or offense.
after a sort
In a haphazard or imperfect way: managed to paint the chair after a sort.
of sorts/a sort
1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
out of sorts
1. Slightly ill.
2. Irritable; cross: The teacher is out of sorts this morning.
sort of Informal
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sors, sort-, lot; see ser- in Indo-European roots.]

sort′a·ble adj.
sort′er n.
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(soːt) noun
a class, type or kind. I like all sorts of books; She was wearing a sort of crown.
to separate into classes or groups, putting each item in its place. She sorted the buttons into large ones and small ones.
ˈsorter noun
a person or machine that separates and arranges, especially letters, postcards etc.
of a sort / of sorts
of a (usually poor) kind. She threw together a meal of sorts but we were still hungry afterwards.
out of sorts
1. slightly unwell. I felt a bit out of sorts after last night's heavy meal.
2. not in good spirits or temper. He's been a little out of sorts since they told him to stay at home.
sort of
rather; in a way; to a certain extent. He was sort of peculiar!; I feel sort of worried about him.
sort out
1. to separate (one lot or type of) things from a general mixture. I'll try to sort out some books that he might like.
2. to correct, improve, solve etc. You must sort out your business affairs.
3. to attend to, usually by punishing or reprimanding. I'll soon sort you out, you evil little man!
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References in classic literature ?
One was that the chestnut trace horse, who had been unmistakably overworked on the previous day, was off his feed and out of sorts. The coachman said he was "Overdriven yesterday, Konstantin Dmitrievitch.
Although out of sorts towards the end of last term, the daughter of Refuse To Bend brings to the table the best form in the race.
The Dutch master looked out of sorts in the 2-1 first-leg defeat at Highbury a fortnight ago, claiming afterwards that he had only played the 90 minutes "in an emergency."