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Having inferior, mediocre, or incomplete characteristics of something. He writes poetry of sorts, but it's nothing that will set the world ablaze. The office has a gym of sorts, but it's in such disrepair that no one really uses it.
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something of sorts
an inferior example of a kind of something. Well, it's a solution of sorts, I suppose. It was a novel of sorts, but not what I'd ever have chosen.
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Also, of a sort. Of a kind, especially a mediocre or somewhat different kind. For example, He was wearing a jacket of sorts but no tie, or They established a constitutional government of a sort. [c. 1900]
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of ˈsorts(informal) used when you are saying that something is not a good example of a particular type of thing: He offered us an apology of sorts and we accepted it.
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1. Of a mediocre or inferior kind: a constitutional government of a sort.
2. Of one kind or another: knew many folktales of sorts.
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