- lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm.
“The ecstasy had worn off of most revelers by the time the sun rose over the desert; however, a few people hadn’t gotten the memo, and continued dancing in a rather desultory fashion.”
- (of conversation or speech) going constantly from one subject to another in a halfhearted way; unfocused.
“Of all my patients, the schizophrenics are the most annoying: their attempts at conversation are desultory on the best of days, and their therapy goes nowhere.”
- occurring randomly or occasionally.
“Desultory ne’er-do-wells began appearing claiming to be heirs to his artistic fortune.”