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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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Examples from the Web for sot
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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.

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Wasn't it her knowed all the time who sot Mullins's barn afire?

  • They was all sot on your being her sweetheart, except me and her––and Joe.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Aunt Caroline came in then and sot down and began to knit, but didn't say nothin'.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • 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
  • I've sot hour after hour in them games, without ever takin' a pot.

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

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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