adjective cur·so·ry \ˈkərs-rē, ˈkər-sə-\

: done or made quickly

Full Definition of CURSORY

:  rapidly and often superficially performed or produced :  hasty <a cursory glance>
cur·so·ri·ly \-rə-lē\ adverb
cur·so·ri·ness \-rē-nəs\ noun

Examples of CURSORY

  1. Only a cursory inspection of the building's electrical wiring was done.
  2. The mayor gave a cursory glance at the report.
  3. Even the most cursory look at the organization's records shows problems.

Origin of CURSORY

Late Latin cursorius of running, from Latin currere
First Known Use: 1601

Synonym Discussion of CURSORY

superficial, shallow, cursory mean lacking in depth or solidity. superficial implies a concern only with surface aspects or obvious features <a superficial analysis of the problem>. shallow is more generally derogatory in implying lack of depth in knowledge, reasoning, emotions, or character <a light, shallow, and frivolous review>. cursory suggests a lack of thoroughness or a neglect of details <gave the letter only a cursory reading>.

Rhymes with CURSORY

CURSORINESS Defined for Kids


adjective cur·so·ry \ˈkərs-rē, ˈkər-sə-rē\

Definition of CURSORY for Kids

:  done or made quickly <a cursory reply>


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