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sorta

[sawr-tuh] /ˈsɔr tə/
adverb, Pronunciation Spelling.
1.
sort of; somewhat:
I'm sorta nervous about asking for a date.
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  • I'm mostly stronger on hindsight than I am on foresight, but this hyar's onct I sorta lined 'em both up an' got a good bead.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • I knowed I was one year older than she was and it sorta riled me for her to talk about it.

  • It's sorta like having a piece of God round with you all the time watching you.

    The Girl from Montana Grace Livingston Hill
  • Jardine and Bangs—well, they're—they were sorta friends of mine.

    Danger in Deep Space Carey Rockwell
  • Old mistress was sorta good to us but old master was the devil.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sorta

sorry

adjective

Wretched; worthless; inferior; half-assed: this one kid, and he was a sorry shit/ The reputation of the Barclay has been one of sorry-ass service/ One more sorry-ass useless killing (entry form 1250+, variant 1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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