- going rapidly over something, without noticing details; hasty; superficial: a cursory glance at a newspaper article.
Origin of cursory
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Examples from the Web for cursory
Taking to the Internet for a cursory search of this world reveals hundreds of videos of home-based animal breeding systems.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry
May 19, 2014
After a cursory read-through, Walsh offered him a part in The Big Trail.A New Biography Shows That ‘John Wayne’ Was His Own Best Creation
April 6, 2014
A cursory inspection of available podcasts was unable to reveal the reason for the difficulty with iTunes.The Podcast Too Hot for iTunes
February 18, 2014
At the time, many in the audience only had a cursory knowledge of comic books.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment
February 17, 2014
Unless some kind of sky-high musical chairs ensues, anything more than a cursory pre-potty hello could become a little tricky.Wingman, an App for Hookups at 30,000 Feet, Wants To Be the Tinder of Airline Travel
February 10, 2014
He who writes for cursory reading is wise if he writes cursorily.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
To give more than a cursory description of our impressions is impossible.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Desmond made a cursory tour of the walls and passed on into the second room.Captain Desmond, V.C.
Hastings stood up, his first, cursory examination concluded.No Clue
After a cursory examination he rose to his feet and pulled Mart up also.The Pirate Shark
- hasty and usually superficial; quicka cursory check
Word Origin and History for cursory
c.1600, from Middle French cursoire "rapid," from Late Latin cursorius "hasty, of a race or running," from Latin curs-, past participle stem of currere "to run" (see current (adj.)).