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From Latin desultorius (“hasty, casual, superficial”), from desultor (“a circus rider who jumped from one galloping horse to another”), from dēsiliō (“jump down”), from dē (“down”) + saliō (“jump, leap”)
- (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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- Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order, planning, or rational connection; without logical sequence.
- He wandered round, cleaning up in a desultory way.
- I teach a class of desultory minds.
- Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject.
- I made a desultory remark while I was talking to my friend.
- She made a desultory attempt at conversation.
- Disappointing in performance or progress.
- (obsolete) Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.
jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection
out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject
disappointing in performance or progress