desultory desultory  /ˈdɛ səl ˌtɔ ri/


  • (adj) marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another


  1. In parched, dusty Milan this summer the La Scala orchestra directed by Signor Toscanini had a desultory season.
  2. In the agonizing interim, there were complaints that the Commission was being deliberately desultory,perhaps trying to delay until past the elections.
  3. The aimless and desultory shopping of her friend from abroad left her with a headache.


  • New DVDs this week

    "Identity Thief" (R, 111 minutes, Universal): This nothing-burger of a film is a desultory collection of slapstick gags, buddy-movie clichés and chase-sequence bombast.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: The Sacramento Bee

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