Origin of desultory
Examples from the Web for desultory
The Americans and their allies are carrying out a desultory air campaign in Syria that appears focused on support for the Kurds.
Yammara has been sleeping in desultory fashion with a student, Aura, who then turns up pregnant and moves in with him.Haunted by the Coca Leaf in ‘The Sound of Things Falling’|Susan Straight|July 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His closing argument was a “desultory mess,” so bad that he lost the case.Errol Morris’s “A Wilderness of Error” Revisits Jeffrey MacDonald Case|Raymond Bonner|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Most of that is the desultory ticky-tacky kind that litters the right side of people's Facebook profiles.
Libya sank into civil war with NATO's desultory participation taking it toward stalemate, maybe even break-up.
Just then an aide rode up, and the Colonel gave a sharp command which put an end to this desultory talk.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
And yet he made a desultory struggle against what a secret voice was always whispering was a degradation.The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes|Israel Zangwill
Thus he had found in toil the pleasure and reward athletes had in their desultory training.The Call of the Canyon|Zane Grey
Father and son chatted in a desultory fashion across the car, and I took the opportunity of studying the old gentleman.The Man with the Clubfoot|Valentine Williams
His attendance was desultory, and he does not appear to have completed his arts course.
British Dictionary definitions for desultory
Word Origin for desultory
Word Origin and History for desultory
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.