The Americans and their allies are carrying out a desultory air campaign in Syria that appears focused on support for the Kurds.
Yammara has been sleeping in desultory fashion with a student, Aura, who then turns up pregnant and moves in with him.
Libya sank into civil war with NATO's desultory participation taking it toward stalemate, maybe even break-up.
His closing argument was a “desultory mess,” so bad that he lost the case.
Most of that is the desultory ticky-tacky kind that litters the right side of people's Facebook profiles.
And after a few minutes of desultory conversation, the rector left.
After some desultory conversation I told him who I was and how I came to be there.
In the desultory history of this question, two facts have been stated requiring distinct proof.
The best as a novel it cannot be called, because the action is desultory in the extreme.
Evening closed with a deal of desultory gunfire, which continued spasmodically all night.
disappointing in quality or performance
Latin de- + salire 'to leap'
1580s, "skipping about," from Latin desultorius "hasty, casual, superficial," adjective form of desultor (n.) "a rider in the circus who jumps from one horse to another while they are in gallop," from desul-, stem of desilire "jump down," from de- "down" (see de-) + salire "to jump, leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "irregular, without aim or method" is c.1740. Related: Desultorily; desultoriness.