- to deviate or wander away from the main topic or purpose in speaking or writing; depart from the principal line of argument, plot, study, etc.
- Archaic. to turn aside.
Origin of digress
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Examples from the Web for digressing
But here I am digressing again, when I should be getting on with my story.The Van Dwellers</p>
Albert Bigelow Paine
But we are digressing, again, as who does not when the image of Shakespeare comes across him?The Book of Christmas
Thomas K. Hervey
But all this is digressing most fearfully from the nursery of young pointers and setters.The Dog
Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
We are, however, digressing, but must add one further remark.Anarchism
E. V. Zenker
However, I am digressing, as a man with a grievance always does.Man And Superman
George Bernard Shaw
- to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
- to wander from one's path or main direction
Word Origin and History for digressing
1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.