Definition of out of sorts in US English:

out of sorts


  • 1Slightly unwell.

    ‘feeling nauseous and generally out of sorts’
    • ‘Burchill's third goal in as many games, maybe it was just his lack of match sharpness that made him look out of sorts in his initial outings in Dens Park colours.’
    • ‘With Harrington pulling his iron shots and looking slightly out of sorts, it was left to Montgomerie to steady the European ship.’
    • ‘They were out of sorts, below us in the table and quite happy to go off at half-time.’
    • ‘But any nerves harboured by Hibernian were swiftly expunged with a brace of gift-wrapped goals against adversaries who were lethargic, lacklustre and terribly out of sorts.’
    • ‘I'm not bad, exactly, just off colour, no appetite and out of sorts.’
    • ‘An early penalty award saw Flynner's goal effort stopped and cleared, and then there were those awful misses from frees by an out of sorts Dave Bennett and Flynn in turn.’
    • ‘With Tiger slightly out of sorts last year, the Americans had to hold off a stiff challenge from hosts Argentina, who were represented by Eduardo Romero and Angel Cabrera.’
    • ‘Hertford, carrying the burden of a number of important injuries and approaching the game on the back of a dreadful run of results, were out of sorts from start to finish.’
    • ‘Occasionally, as if by accident, Nora's daughter Beth would turn up, a bit weary from the sea and slightly out of sorts, and Nora would do her best to get her seaworthy again.’
    • ‘The opening session finished level at 4-4 with an out of sorts Williams snatching the final two frames on the colours after O'Brien had capitalised on his opponent's errors.’
    unwell, ill, poorly, bad, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out
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    1. 1.1 In low spirits; irritable.
      ‘the trying events of the day had put him out of sorts’
      • ‘As the name change suggests, 57-year old Kate's a bit out of sorts.’
      • ‘‘I felt fearful, irritable, I was really tired but I couldn't sleep and I generally felt out of sorts with the world,’ she said.’
      • ‘Upon returning to the USA, Bret found himself sleeping poorly, becoming irritable and generally acting and feeling out of sorts.’
      • ‘It must have been a new environment that put him out of sorts.’
      • ‘I wasn't sure what music I'd be walking to, so I was a bit out of sorts.’
      • ‘The boarding and takeoff found me only slightly out of sorts; an irritating whining noise near the gate was troubling me.’
      • ‘Are you feeling angry, impatient, or out of sorts every time you think of it?’
      • ‘I had been slightly depressed and out of sorts long before the dreaded 9/11, and all the grief and horror of that day had deepened the state.’
      • ‘I feel out of sorts and all over the place mentally and emotionally.’
      • ‘Ever wake up feeling out of sorts for no apparent reason?’
      irritable, irascible, peevish, fractious, fretful, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, petulant, pettish
      unhappy, dejected, sad, miserable, down, downhearted, downcast, depressed, blue, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, dispirited, discouraged, disheartened, despondent, disconsolate, with a long face, forlorn, crestfallen, woebegone, subdued, fed up, low, in low spirits, in the doldrums, heavy-hearted
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