out of sorts

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Ume, May 14, 2008.

  1. Hello.

    - I was feeling out of sorts, but your flowers cheered me up.
    - Say, are you sure you're feeling all right? / Sure. I'm just a little out of sorts.
    - Are you all right? You look pale. / I feel a little out of sorts. I think I'll go lie down in the infirmary.

    The Oxford Dictionary says:
    out of sorts
    (especially BrE) ill/sick or upset: She was tired and out of sorts by the time she arrived home. Are you feeling all right? You look a bit out of sorts.

    Although the dictionary says, "especially BrE," the phrase is often heard in the US, isn't it?
  2. johnp

    johnp Senior Member

    Yes, you hear it in AE, too.
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    It's used in AE, often to describe a feeling of general unease or mental discomfort, not necessarily, in my experience, to describe a feeling of tiredness by itself.

    Out-of-sorts explains more about this phrase. Note that the question initially uses the phrase in a confusing and unidiomatic manner.

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