desultory


des·ul·to·ry

adjective \ˈde-səl-ˌtr-ē also -zəl-\

: not having a plan or purpose

: done without serious effort

Full Definition of DESULTORY

1
:  marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose <a dragged-out ordeal of…desultory shopping — Herman Wouk>
2
:  not connected with the main subject
3
:  disappointing in progress, performance, or quality <a desultory fifth place finish> <a desultory wine>
des·ul·to·ri·ly \ˌde-səl-ˈtr-ə-lē\ adverb
des·ul·to·ri·ness \ˈde-səl-ˌtr-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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