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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rather, kind of, kinda, sort ofadverb

    to some (great or small) extent

    "it was rather cold"; "the party was rather nice"; "the knife is rather dull"; "I rather regret that I cannot attend"; "He's rather good at playing the cello"; "he is kind of shy"


  1. sort ofadverb

    Approximately; in a way; partially; not quite; somewhat.

  2. Etymology: From a reanalysis of "sort of" in a phrase such as "a sort of merry dance" from noun ("sort") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry".


  1. Sort Of

    Sort Of is the debut studio album by the avant-rock band Slapp Happy. It was recorded in Wümme, Bremen, Germany in May and June 1972 with Faust as their backing band, and released on LP by Polydor Records in 1972. In 1980 Recommended Records released a limited edition of Sort Of on LP, and the album was reissued on CD by Blueprint Records in 1999 with one bonus track.


  1. sort of

    "Sort of" is a phrase often used as an adverb meaning to some extent, somewhat, relatively, or moderately. It implies partial or incomplete attributes, characteristics, or similarities to something else. It's often used to indicate that one is unsure or hesitant about fully describing or committing to a particular status, or to soften a statement for politeness or modesty.


  1. Sort Of

    Sort Of is the debut album of the avant-rock band Slapp Happy. It was recorded in Wümme, West Germany in May and June 1972.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sort of' in Written Corpus Frequency: #238

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sort of in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sort of in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sort of in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Redmond:

    Seaweeds have this ability to concentrate all the trace minerals in the ocean that we can not access, they are sort of this balancing food that we can return some of those trace elements back into our bodies and into our diets.

  2. Tanya Van Cuylenborg:

    After a while you have to sort of adjust to the fact that it seems as though the case is never going to be solved, and that probably would be true if it wasn’t for these advancements in DNA techniques.

  3. Claudia Riegel:

    If you see a rat, you should assume it has some sort of pathogen.

  4. Neena Chaudhry:

    When we sort of peel back the layers a bit, the fact that these women are still playing on artificial turf or did for this World Cup ... and the fact that the prize money is just a fraction of what the men get, I think that is indicative of unfortunately the second-class status that girls and women's sports still face.

  5. Elizabeth Crofoot:

    This is sort of a bumpy, turbulent ride to who knows where.

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    being essentially equal to something
    A splay
    B ostensive
    C tantamount
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