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desultory

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adjective des·ul·to·ry \ˈde-səl-ˌtȯr-ē also -zəl-\

Simple Definition of desultory

  • : not having a plan or purpose

  • : done without serious effort

Full Definition of desultory

  1. 1 :  marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose <a dragged-out ordeal of…desultory shopping — Herman Wouk>

  2. 2 :  not connected with the main subject

  3. 3 :  disappointing in progress, performance, or quality <a desultory fifth place finish> <a desultory wine>

des·ul·to·ri·ly play \ˌde-səl-ˈtȯr-ə-lē\ adverb
des·ul·to·ri·ness play \ˈde-səl-ˌtȯr-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of desultory

  1. <a desultory search for something of interest on TV>

  2. <a desultory discussion about the news of the day>



Origin of desultory

Latin desultorius, literally, of a circus rider who leaps from horse to horse, from desilire to leap down, from de- + salire to leap — more at sally


First Known Use: 1581



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