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EtymologyEdit

From Latin desultorius (hasty, casual, superficial), from desultor (a circus rider who jumped from one galloping horse to another), from dēsiliō (jump down), from (down) + saliō (jump, leap)

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛs.əl.t(ə).ɹi/, /ˈdɛz.əl.t(ə).ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛs.əlˌtɔɹ.i/, /ˈdɛz.əlˌtɔɹ.i/
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AdjectiveEdit

desultory (comparative more desultory, superlative most desultory)

  1. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order, planning, or rational connection; lacking logical sequence.
    • 1850, Charles Dickens, chapter 25, in David Copperfield:
      To mend the matter, Hamlet's aunt had the family failing of indulging in soliloquy, and held forth in a desultory manner, by herself, on every topic that was introduced.
    He wandered round, cleaning up in a desultory way.
    I teach a class of desultory minds.
  2. Out of course; by the way; not connected with the subject.
    I made a desultory remark while I was talking to my friend.
    She made a desultory attempt at conversation.
  3. Disappointing in performance or progress.
  4. (obsolete) Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.

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