of sorts


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

of sorts

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.
See also: of, sort
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: of, sort
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

of sorts

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]
See also: of, sort
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: of, sort
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also: