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Related to sort of: short of
Somewhat; partially; a little. I'm happy that it's summertime, but I'm still sort of sad that school is over. A: "Are you feeling better?" B: "Sort of. My throat isn't sore anymore but I'm still congested."
sort of somethingand kind of something
almost something; somewhat; somehow. Isn't it sort of cold out? That was kind of a stupid thing to do, wasn't it?
sort ofand kind of
Yes, but only to a small degree. Bob: Do you like what you're doing in school? Alice: Kind of. Henry: What do you think about all these new laws? Do they worry you? John: Sort of.
ˈkind of/ˈsort of(informal) used with adjectives, adverbs and verbs when something is difficult to describe or when the word you use is not exactly what you mean: She kind of smiled at me. ♢ My new dress is sort of green. ♢ He said it sort of nervously.
These phrases are sometimes written or spoken as kinda or sorta.
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).