"Hit cl'ars up to me--sorter--as I study on it," he finally said.
I'd sorter take it better if he'd done the studyin' by himself before.
Het give me a five-dollar William to defray expenses at the hotel, an' I sorter like the idea o' makin' a splurge for a change.
I'm sorter relieved he come the way he did instid o' walkin'.
But what if a sorter does not happen to know the division to which any particular letter belongs?
Talks like he was someone what sorter knows all about things, eh, boys?
S'pose I reckoned some day to make a strike and sorter drop inter saciety easy—eh?
But ez to my mother, it's sorter betwixt and between—kinder unsartain.
"Well, he sorter sprained his foot agin a rock yesterday," continued Flynn with shameless untruthfulness.
An' you sorter spotted their bein' in this yer desk and bursted it?
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."