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- 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.
- Gabriel strove to restrain himself from breaking out into brutal language about the sottish Malins and his pound. - "The Dead", from "Dubliners" by James Joyce (1914)