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I know I am sick, that I am irritable and out-of-sorts sometimes.

Disgruntled and out-of-sorts, she put away her letter, and started toward the house.

Warm and out-of-sorts from the long hike, the four boys dropped in at a village drugstore for ice cream.

Januarys the out-of-sorts month, and every one in this whole school is out-of-sorts, too.

When Clint's final recitation of the day was over at three he was out-of-sorts and depressed.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French sorte "class, kind," from Latin sortem (nominative sors) "lot; fate, destiny; share, portion; rank, category; sex, class, oracular response, prophecy," from PIE root *ser- (3) "to line up" (cf. Latin serere "to arrange, attach, join;" see series). The sense evolution in Vulgar Latin is from "what is allotted to one by fate," to "fortune, condition," to "rank, class, order." Out of sorts "not in usual good condition" is attested from 1620s, with literal sense of "out of stock."

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