pronunciation spelling

used for "sort of" in informal speech and in representations of such speech
I sorta [=to a degree] like coffee, but I usually prefer tea.
He's apt to get sorta [=somewhat] mad if he's interrupted.P. G. Wodehouse
It's sorta [=somewhat] like peanut butter and jelly—a combination that just works.John Nosta
… it never was really planned, it just sorta [=more or less] happened.Josh King Madrid
… he was a pretty no-nonsense, tough sorta [=type of] guy …Dan Chick
… the two-bedroom house is set in the shade of rosewood trees, perfect for a book 'n' hammock sorta [=type of] day.Jose Joy

Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sorta was in 1901

Dictionary Entries Near sorta

Cite this Entry

“Sorta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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