Sort Of Meaning
(idiomatic, colloquial) Approximately; in a way; partially; not quite; somewhat.
Example: 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 19, The Mirror and the Lamp:
Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.
1963, Margery Allingham, â€œForewordâ€, in The China Governess:
â€˜I understand that the district was considered a sort of sanctuary,â€™ the Chief was saying. â€˜An Alsatia like the ancient one behind the Strand, or the Saffron Hill before the First World War. [â€¦]â€™
It sort of makes sense the way he explains it, but I still don't really understand.â€Ž