- alcoholic, drinking heavily
- foolish, stupid, senseless
- For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
1914, James Joyce, “The Dead”, in Dubliners:
- Gabriel strove to restrain himself from breaking out into brutal language about the sottish Malins and his pound.