Monday, August 03, 2009
desultory adjective [DES-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
Definitions for desultory
- digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
- lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
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Citations for desultory
"It strikes me," said Marion, rising, "that this sort of desultory conversation on a matter of such importance is, to say the least, inconvenient…"
This introduction of a comprehensive purpose in gathering contributions that otherwise might be disconnected and desultory is an idea well worth transplanting wherever admissible.
Origin of desultory
Desultory finds its roots in the Latin word dēsultor, a term referring to a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another. It entered English in the mid-1500s.