Most of that is the desultory ticky-tacky kind that litters the right side of people's Facebook profiles.
The Americans and their allies are carrying out a desultory air campaign in Syria that appears focused on support for the Kurds.
His closing argument was a “desultory mess,” so bad that he lost the case.
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.
And after a few minutes of desultory conversation, the rector left.
Nor did Mrs. Pottinger disdain to mingle in their desultory talk.
In the desultory history of this question, two facts have been stated requiring distinct proof.
She had no contests to wage with the desultory chemists of the age.
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.