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Definition of desultory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

desultory

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈdesəltri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesəltɔːri//
 
(formal)
 
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going from one thing to another, without a definite plan and without enthusiasm I wandered about in a desultory fashion. a desultory conversation Word Origin late 16th cent. (also in the literal sense ‘skipping about’): from Latin desultorius ‘superficial’ (literally ‘relating to a vaulter’), from desultor ‘vaulter’, from the verb desilire.
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