of a sort

of a sort

Having inferior, mediocre, or incomplete characteristics of something. He writes poetry of a sort, but it's nothing that will set the world ablaze. The office has a gym of a sort, but it's in such disrepair that no one really uses it.
See also: of, sort

of a ˈkind/ˈsort

(disapproving) (used after a noun) of poor quality; not what somebody/something should be: He is a poet of a kind.They gave us meat of a sort; we could hardly eat it.
See also: kind, of, sort
References in classic literature ?
This man, whose usual duty apparently consisted in sitting behind a little table in an outer room of Consular offices, when ordered to assist me in my search for Johnson displayed lots of energy and a marvellous amount of local knowledge of a sort.
She was in a fair way of becoming a celebrity of a sort.
She was the motherless child of a sort of cousin of my father's.