Synonyms of sort in English:


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1‘what sort of book do you like reading?’


type, kind, variety, class, category, classification, style

description, condition, calibre, quality, nature, manner, design, shape, form, pattern, group, set, bracket, genre, species, rank, genus, family, order, breed, race, strain, generation, vintage, make, model, brand, stamp, ilk, kidney, cast, grain, mould

North American informal stripe

2‘he was a good sort’


person, individual, soul, creature, human being

man, woman, boy, girl

fellow, chap, bloke, lad, guy, geezer, gent, kid, brat, character, type, beggar, cookie, customer

British bod

North American dude, hombre

Australian bastard

dated body, dog

British dated cove

British vulgar slang sod, bugger

archaic wight


1‘the children soon got the idea and sorted things of similar size and shape’


classify, class, categorize, catalogue, grade, rank, group, divide, sort out

organize, arrange, order, put in order, marshal, assemble, collocate, codify, tabulate, systematize, systemize, structure, pigeonhole


rare methodize

2‘the problem with the port engine was soon sorted’


resolve, settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, find an answer to, fix, work out, straighten out, deal with, put right, set right, put to rights, rectify, iron out

answer, explain, fathom, unravel, disentangle, clarify, clear up, throw light on

informal sew up, hammer out, thrash out, patch up, crack, figure out


    out of sorts

      1‘she is feeling a bit out of sorts’


      unwell, ill, poorly, bad, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out


      off, off colour


      under the weather, below par, not up to par, not up to the mark, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, rotten, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy

      British informal

      grotty, ropy

      Scottish informal

      wabbit, peely-wally

      NZ Australian informal




      2‘she may have been out of sorts but she meant every word’


      irritable, irascible, peevish, fractious, fretful, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, petulant, pettish

      on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous, peppery, bitter, moody, grumpy, huffy, scratchy, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, sullen, surly, sulky, sour, churlish, touchy, testy, tetchy, snappish, waspish, crusty, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric


      snappy, chippy, grouchy, cranky, whingeing, whingy

      British informal

      narky, ratty, eggy, stroppy, shirty

      North American informal

      peckish, sorehead, soreheaded

      NZ Australian informal


      informal, dated


      3‘Tim says you've been out of sorts and would like to have a chat’


      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


      down in the dumps, down in the mouth

      British informal

      brassed off, cheesed off, browned off, peed off

      North American informal

      teed off, ticked off

      vulgar slang

      pissed off

    sort of

      1‘those people look sort of familiar’


      slightly, faintly, remotely, vaguely

      somewhat, moderately, quite, rather, fairly, reasonably, comparatively, relatively, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to a certain degree, to some extent

      pretty, kind of, kinda, ish



      2‘then he sort of pirouetted and fell over’


      as it were, in a kind of way, in a strange kind of way, somehow

    sort something out

      1‘she sorted out the clothes, some to be kept, some to be thrown away’


      organize, arrange, sort, put in order, set in order, straighten out, marshal, dispose, lay out, regulate

      group, classify, categorize, catalogue, codify, systematize, systemize, tabulate



      2‘she started sorting out the lettuce from the spinach’


      separate, separate out, pick out, divide, isolate, remove, segregate, sift, sieve, weed out, winnow

      keep apart

      put to one side

      3‘the teacher helps the children to sort out their problems’

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