- lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
- digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
Origin of desultory
Examples from the Web for desultoriness
I am afflicted by none of the desultoriness superinduced by alcohol.The Old Game
Samuel G. Blythe
By this I do not mean sentimentalism or superficiality or desultoriness.
This would account for its desultoriness and medley of matter.
It is questionable whether this desultoriness is a matter for congratulation.The Hills and the Vale
What strikes us in his course of study is its desultoriness and its comprehensiveness.The Youth of Goethe
Peter Hume Brown
- passing or jumping from one thing to another, esp in a fitful way; unmethodical; disconnected
- occurring in a random or incidental way; haphazarda desultory thought
Word Origin and History for desultoriness
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.