See also: sort-of
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".
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈsɔɹt əv/, [ˈsɔɹɾəv]
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɔːt əv/, [ˈsɔːt əv], [ˈsɔːʔ əv], [ˈsətəv]
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- (idiomatic, colloquial) Approximately; in a way; partially; not quite; somewhat.
- 1916 March 11, Charles E. Van Loan, “His Folks”, in Saturday Evening Post:
- "Why—why, we sort of expected he'd be here!" says she.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
- It sort of makes sense the way he explains it, but I still don't really understand.
in a way etc.