- 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 digress
But I digress, enough with the “man who wears two masks” nonsense, as if Banville must justify writing mystery novels.Can Pulp Win the Booker?
September 7, 2011
Anthony Despeisses was a lawyer who used frequently to digress.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
I will digress a bit and explain how these stone-quarries were discovered.Ten Books on Architecture
Just here let me digress a moment to erect a warning signboard.How to Cook Husbands
Elizabeth Strong Worthington
This is a digression I grant, but I cannot help it; it is the nature of man to digress.Newton Forster
Captain Frederick Marryat
Let us digress and note the happy return of this man to English soil.Old Taverns of New York
William Harrison Bayles
- to depart from the main subject in speech or writing
- to wander from one's path or main direction
Word Origin and History for digress
1520s, from Latin digressus, past participle of digredi "to go aside, depart" (see digression), or perhaps a back-formation from digression. Related: Digressed; digressing.