Definition of sot in US English:



  • A habitual drunkard.

    • ‘They were characterized as sots, bon vivants, and losers.’
    • ‘A few nifty lighting tricks later, and we're riding the rails with a host of yin-yang character pairs: the suited businessman and his wayward brother, the heartbroken sot and her vivacious new friend, and so on.’
    • ‘On a terrific set these lost sots enact a comedy-drama whose relevance extends to the soberest souls among us.’
    • ‘In my day the congregation tolerated a drunken sot of an Irishman in the rectory so anything is possible.’
    • ‘‘Like as not the sot who wrote it all down was drunk as a lord,’ he added.’
    • ‘Way back in the 19th century there was this drunken sot of an Irish kid named Liam.’
    • ‘Still, a few great individuals emerge in his work, notably a wonderful old sot.’
    • ‘But repeated references to drunkenness in the plays, plus the portraits of two sots, Sir Toby Belch and Falstaff, lead Greenblatt to suspect alcoholism.’
    • ‘This famous game of war is played by parasites, panderers, bandits, assassins, peasants, sots, bankrupts, and such other dregs of mankind.’
    • ‘How painful to behold in a family once happy, the father become a sot; the mother in tears, and the children lamenting or imitating the vices of the parent.’
    • ‘Now we knew him, or at least a thin slice of his bio, the short, sad saga of a sot preserved among the births, graduations, weddings, and deaths.’
    • ‘He couldn't believe it, that a woman of her caliber should be drinking with us sots.’
    • ‘I heard a discussion about Georgian wine glasses that morphed into the disclosure that Georgians, both rich and poor, were drunken sots.’
    • ‘He can be the world's laziest sot when he decides he wants to.’
    • ‘This dress cost me $1200 - my drunken sot of an ex-father-in-law swore up and down he would pay for it but didn't so I got stuck with the bill.’
    • ‘You could almost feel the disapproval and loathing radiating from Mother at the sight of the man she called ‘that old sot.’’
    • ‘Verlaine takes it's name from the famous poet and sot!’
    • ‘He slurred the words, and to all intents and purposes appeared the drunken sot.’
    • ‘Maudling was clever, lazy, a sot and deeply corrupt.’
    • ‘One of the authors, a drunken sot, compliments Deeds, and convinces him, with Bennett's help, to go on a binge with him.’
    drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker, drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
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[no object]archaic
  • Drink habitually.

    ‘the few reckless vagabonds with whom he sotted in the alehouse’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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Late Old English sott ‘foolish person’, from medieval Latin sottus, reinforced by Old French sot ‘foolish’. The current sense of the noun dates from the late 16th century.