desultory

  • 1 Desultory — 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.] [1913 Webster] I shot at it [a bird], but it was so desultory that I missed …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 desultory — [des′əl tôr΄ē; ] also [ dez′əl tôr΄ē] adj. [L desultorius < desultor, vaulter < desultus, pp. of desilire, to leap down < de , down, from + salire, to leap: see SALIENT] 1. passing from one thing to another in an aimless way;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 desultory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking purpose or enthusiasm. 2) going from one thing to another erratically and intermittently: a desultory conversation. DERIVATIVES desultorily adverb. ORIGIN Latin desultorius superficial (literally relating to a vaulter ),… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 Desultory — was part of the first wave of Swedish death metal bands, alongside Entombed, Dismember, and others. Into Eternity, their Metal Blade debut following a lesser known EP release, is standard for the genre, energetic and forceful, straddling the line …

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  • 5 Desultory — (1997 bis 2009: Zebulon) Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Death Metal Gründung 1989 Aktuelle Besetzung …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 6 desultory — I adjective broken, deviating, diffuse, digressive, disarranged, disconnected, discontinuous, discursive, disjoined, disjunct, dispersed, erratic, inconsistent, inconstans, inconstant, interrupted, lacking continuity, nonrecurrent, nonuniform,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 desultory — 1580s, skipping about, from L. desultorius, adj. form of desultor hasty, casual, superficial, lit. a noun meaning 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 desultory — casual, hit or miss, haphazard, *random, happy go lucky, chance, chancy Analogous words: *fitful, spasmodic: unsystematic, unmethodical, disorderly (see affirmative adjectives at ORDERLY): capricious, mercurial, *inconstant, fickle Antonyms:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 desultory — [adj] random aimless, chance, chaotic, deviating, erratic, haphazard, orderless, rambling, unmethodical, unstable, unsystematic, without purpose; concepts 535,548,557 …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 desultory — adjective Etymology: Latin desultorius, literally, of a circus rider who leaps from horse to horse, from desilire to leap down, from de + salire to leap more at sally Date: 1581 1. marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose < a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 desultory — desultorily, adv. desultoriness, n. /des euhl tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation. 2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a… …

    Universalium

  • 12 desultory — adjective /ˈdɛs.əl.tə.ɹi,ˈdɛs.əlˌtɔɹ.i,ˈdɛz.əlˌtɔɹ.i/ a) Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless. He wandered round, cleaning… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 desultory — [[t]de̱səltri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is desultory is done in an unplanned and disorganized way, and without enthusiasm. [FORMAL] The constables made a desultory attempt to keep them away from the barn. Derived words: desultorily …

    English dictionary

  • 14 desultory — des•ul•to•ry [[t]ˈdɛs əlˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] adj. 1) lacking in consistency, method, purpose, or visible order; disconnected: desultory conversation[/ex] 2) digressing from or unconnected with the main subject: a desultory remark[/ex] • Etymology …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 desultory — /ˈdɛsəltri / (say desuhltree), / təri/ (say tuhree), /ˈdɛz / (say dez ) adjective 1. veering about from one thing to another; lacking purpose, method, or enthusiasm: *It was too hot to indulge in any but the most desultory conversation. –miles… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 desultory — adj. Desultory is used with these nouns: ↑conversation, ↑fashion …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 desultory — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. aimless, fitful, rambling, unmethodical, erratic. See disorder, irregularity, deviation, diffuseness, discontinuance. Ant., stable, constant. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. erratic, random,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 desultory — des|ul|to|ry [ˈdesəltəri, ˈdez US to:ri] adj formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: desultorius, from desilire to jump down ] done without any particular plan or purpose ▪ They talked briefly in a desultory manner. >desultorily… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 desultory — adjective formal done without any particular plan or purpose: They talked in a desultory manner for a few minutes. desultorily / desFltFrili, dez desFl tO:rili, dez / adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 desultory — adjective the desultory interest you have in your child s welfare is appalling Syn: casual, cursory, superficial, token, perfunctory, half hearted, lukewarm; random, aimless, erratic, unmethodical, unsystematic, chaotic, inconsistent, irregular,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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