Origin of desultory
Related formsdes·ul·to·ri·ly, adverbdes·ul·to·ri·ness, noun
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.