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Meaning of DESULTORY

Pronunciation:  'desul`towree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another; "desultory thoughts"; "the desultory conversation characteristic of cocktail parties"
 

DESULTORY is a 9 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: purposeless
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Des"ul*to*ry\, a. [L. desultorius, fr. desultor a
leaper, fr. desilire, desultum, to leap down; de + salire to
leap. See {Saltation}.]
1. Leaping or skipping about. [Obs.]

         I shot at it [a bird], but it was so desultory that
         I missed my aim.                      --Gilbert
                                               White.

2. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another,
   without order or rational connection; without logical
   sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as,
   desultory minds. --Atterbury.

         He [Goldsmith] knew nothing accurately; his reading
         had been desultory.                   --Macaulay.

3. Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected
   with the subject; as, a desultory remark.

Syn: Rambling; roving; immethodical; discursive; inconstant;
     unsettled; cursory; slight; hasty; loose.

 
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