• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛs.əl.t(ə).ɹi/, /ˈdɛz.əl.t(ə).ɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɛs.əlˌtɔɹ.i/, /ˈdɛz.əlˌtɔɹ.i/


  1. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order, planning, or rational connection; lacking logical sequence.
    Synonyms: disconnected, unmethodical, aimless, quodlibetic, quodlibetical
    He wandered round, cleaning up in a desultory way.
    I teach a class of desultory minds.
  2. Out of course; by the way; not connected with the subject.
    I made a desultory remark while I was talking to my friend.
    She made a desultory attempt at conversation.
  3. Disappointing in performance or progress.
  4. (obsolete) Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: несвязный

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