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[sot] /sɒt/
a drunkard.
Origin of sot
before 1000; Middle English: fool, Old English sott < Medieval Latin sottus < ? Unabridged
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  • He said sunthin' about the might of the majority, and the powerful corporations and rings, and that sot me off agin.

  • Wall, I sot down a minnit to think it over, and then the trouble commenced.

  • I hadn't had a good chance tu look at the feller before in arnest, but now as he sot agin me, I gin him considerable observation.

  • He took 'em all and sot down in the kitchen to look 'em over.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They was all sot on your being her sweetheart, except me and her––and Joe.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • That's them, and they're the fellows who sot this second fire that so nearly wrecked us.

  • It was another of his principles, and Caleb had a deserved reputation for adhering to principle and being "sot" in his ways.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If them skunks have got th' camp, 'twill be death to sot foot on that big limb.

    The Cave of Gold Everett McNeil
  • I was a musin' on this thought at the breakfast-table where I sot with Cicely, the boy not bein' up.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Many's the time he sot up all night with you when you was sick, and held you in his arms all day.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for sot


a habitual or chronic drunkard
a person stupefied by or as if by drink
Derived Forms
sottish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English, from Medieval Latin sottus; compare French sot a fool


(Scot) indeed: used to contradict a negative statement: I am not! — You are sot!
Word Origin
a variant of so1, altered to rhyme with not
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Word Origin and History for sot

late Old English sott "stupid person, fool," from Old French sot, from Gallo-Romance *sott- (cf. Medieval Latin sottus, c.800), of uncertain origin, with cognates from Portugal to Germany. Surviving meaning "one who is stupefied with drink" first recorded 1590s. As a verb, it is attested from c.1200, but usually besot.

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Related Abbreviations for sot


Society of Toxicology
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