: a habitual drunkard

Examples of sot in a Sentence

a sot who was arrested after a bar fight
Recent Examples on the Web Thrilling game sequences, a terrific ensemble cast led by Geena Davis, Lori Petty and Madonna, plus an all-timer performance from Tom Hanks as their hapless sot of a manager. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 8 Apr. 2023 Fosse, after all, was creating in his own image, whether rendering himself as a satyr, a sot or a snake. Jesse Green, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2023 The old man is also a sot who dedicates much of his free time (and most of his work time) to getting King Kong drunk on the local King Kong hooch. Junot Díaz, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2020 Craving a drink, she is bullied by Rocco into singing for the ensemble, which Fisher does splendidly, registering the faded glory of the onetime lounge singer turned sot in a few simple bars. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Nov. 2019 To this old sot, the gun represents some kind of high hilarity. New York Times, 23 May 2018 In her telling, the Medici history is populated not by high-minded art patrons but by drunken sots and savage adventurers, essentially a crime syndicate, intent on amassing wealth and power without limit and without scruple. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Middle English, fool, from Old English sott

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sot was in 1592

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“Sot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sot. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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