sort of

Idiom Definition

"sort of"



to some degree

Idiom Definition - sort of


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - sort of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You have your big entrance interview for college tomorrow, right?

Friend 2:  I do and I must say that I am a little nervous.

Friend 1:  It's only natural that you feel sort of nervous before such an important event.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - sort of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your date last night?

Friend 2:  Terrible. There was no date. She didn't show up and she didn't call.

Friend 1:  Are you angry?

Friend 2Sort of.

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sort of - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for "sort of".

sort of - Examples:

1)  I sort of can relate to Ben, my character.

2)  Though super cool, I find the Saturday market sort of touristy and a bit overpriced.

3)  It feels like a special outing, sort of like being a tourist in one's own city. 

4)  The loony guy can make you feel uncomfortable at the grocery store because he's sort of deadpan.

5)  I mean just look at the divorce rate, its sort of disturbing.

6)  So far this is looking sort of disappointing.

7)  It's sort of entertaining, but take it all with a grain of salt.

8)  It sort of depends how you define "memory" doesn't it?

9)  That I need to explain this is sort of sad.

10)  It's sort of foolish of me to say this sort of things sic over government phone.

11)  Sort of a problem when you'd like to keep it around forever.

12)  It's sort of shameless to promote yourself sometimes.

13)  Tonight the full AABC results were posted, and they were sort of as expected.

14)  The audience sort of believed he really did know it all.

15)  It was sort of strange.

16)  I've sort of had a crush on you since I got here.

17)  That's sort of convenient, isn't it?

18)  I guess you could argue that it's their right, but they still sort of sound like jerks. 

19)  It's sort of Old Testament.

20)  I said, wow, this is sort of strange.