Synonyms for desultory
- without purpose
Antonyms for desultory
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESULTORY
After some desultory conversation I told him who I was and how I came to be there.
The best as a novel it cannot be called, because the action is desultory in the extreme.
They did not even answer the desultory fire directed at the loopholes.
Troops may be exposed to desultory shelling during the day or night.
The interchange of musketry, eastward there, had a desultory, waiting sound.
Hitherto, however, it was evident that the firing was but masked and desultory.
I mustn't have any desultory conversation, but proceed at once to business.
As for my education it was limited, and I may say desultory.
I found them sitting on the deck, engaged in a desultory, low-voiced conversation.
Desultory readers are seldom remarkable for the exactness of their learning.
1580s, "skipping about," from Latin desultorius "hasty, casual, superficial," adjective form of desultor (n.) "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- "down" (see de-) + salire "to jump, leap" (see salient (adj.)). Sense of "irregular, without aim or method" is c.1740. Related: Desultorily; desultoriness.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DESULTORY
- any which way
- fits and starts