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Definition of sot

: a habitual drunkard

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Examples of sot in a Sentence

a sot who was arrested after a bar fight
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ Is a Supercharged Urban Farce Lit Up by Thunderbolts of Rage," 29 Feb. 2020 Nothing gets too wacky, short of the sot l’y laisse. San Francisco Chronicle, "Soleil Ho | Hina Yakitori’s $110 tasting menu unleashes the power of poultry, and it's worth it," 29 Nov. 2019 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, "'Key Largo': Theater Review," 16 Nov. 2019 The massive crowns atop their head looked like something an Aztec queen might wear into space — a sot of jagged helmet with elongated sides. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Designer Rick Owens took on immigration, border walls and his own history. And it looked spectacular.," 27 Sep. 2019 Condiment add-ins range from pickled chiles and garlic in mild vinegar to fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar and a savory-spicy chile oil called sot sa-te that’s akin to a mild XO sauce. Andrea Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, "Hu tieu lowdown: The Chinese-Vietnamese-Cambodian noodles you need to know better," 4 Sep. 2019 To this old sot, the gun represents some kind of high hilarity. New York Times, "A Novel of Kentucky Noir, So Humane It’s Bathed in Light," 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, "'The Family Medici' vividly and clearly tells the story of one clan's merciless self-aggrandizement," 28 Mar. 2018 There's the company sot, Fielding (Anthony Chisholm, with a voice from the bottom of a bottle), who turns out to have been a coveted tailor for Billy Eckstine and Count Basie. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: August Wilson's 'Jitney' Magnifies Marginalized Souls," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of sot

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sot

Middle English, fool, from Old English sott

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25 Apr 2020

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“Sot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sot

old-fashioned : a person who is often drunk

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