out of sorts (comparative more out of sorts, superlative most out of sorts)
- (idiomatic) Irritable or somewhat unwell, with vague medical symptoms.
- 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, ch. 13,
- “My lads,” said he, “we’ve had a hot day and are all tired and out of sorts.”
2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC:
- Carlo Ancelotti's out-of-sorts team struggled to hit the target in the first half as Bolton threatened with Matthew Taylor lashing just wide.
- (printing, dated) With some letters or sorts of type deficient or exhausted in the case or font.
irritable or somewhat unwell