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(adjective) marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose / (adjective) not connected with the main subject / (adjective) disappointing in progress, performance, or quality

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desultory
desultorily



They hadn’t gone back, a decision that Bennie now regretted; “doing whatever” had led to desultory afternoons, often cut short by Chris’s announcement that he had homework.

—p.24 by Jennifer Egan
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3 years, 1 month ago


She had wandered through these days desultorily, enjoying the odd mix of memories and emotions that playfully showed their shadows and vanished again.

—p.86 Connection (85) by Mary Gaitskill
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1 year ago


carrying on a desultory affair with a porno vendor

—p.84 Goodbye, Dragon Inn (1) by Nick Pinkerton
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9 months, 4 weeks ago


They’d join our table, hoisting one butt cheek onto the stool as if unsure whether to stay or go and chuck a desultory chip or two onto their box, emitting a sigh of defeat.

—p.25 For the Love of Losing (21) by Granta
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2 months, 2 weeks ago


He was also carrying on a desultory conversation with someone on the other end of the telephone

—p.652 1951–1962: Living Between the United States and Europe (503) by Patricia Highsmith
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1 year, 7 months ago


These editors asking you to rip the yarn never talk about politics beyond a possible desultory nod toward wanting stories from writers of “diverse backgrounds.” They do not talk about voice or literary style.

pretty

—p.21 They Made a Movie Out of It (16) missing author
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4 years, 2 months ago


The talk became desultory, I offered to make tea, everyone was pleased that the meeting was going to end.

—p.288 FREE WOMEN: 2 (243) by Doris Lessing
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5 months ago


Reading in my admittedly desultory way across the centuries

—p.22 by Ben Lerner
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2 years, 11 months ago


An eerie festivity permeated Vernazza, a mix of riotous laughter and desultory music

—p.286 by Jennifer Egan
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2 years, 2 months ago


He was a desultory student.

—p.237 by Jeffrey Eugenides
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3 months, 3 weeks ago


I locked myself in all the same, forced down the alcoholic syrup, and worked desultorily on the Reunion Speech.

—p.140 Ten five: the spinney (127) by Martin Amis
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9 months, 4 weeks ago


the braying of burros and the desultory tinkling of bells

—p.776 PART III (721) by William Gaddis
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1 year, 6 months ago

They talked now in tones which recognized those of the other, and treated with accordingly, desultory tones and cursory remarks which might come close upon but never touch the eventuality which both appeared to await.

—p.232 PART I (1) by William Gaddis
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1 year, 6 months ago


Most of the desultory courses that I've taken in literature have had a peculiar snobbism about them.

—p.245 JAMES JONES (231) by The Paris Review
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4 months ago


Romanian cinema has the special power of finding the murkiest, most desultory way to film petty squabbles and bureaucratic nightmares

—p.196 On the New York Film Festival (183) by A S Hamrah
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3 years, 7 months ago


Instead, they threw parties that followed a rigid script: first the guys would watch porn while the girls chatted among themselves. When the groups did interact, the guys would make a desultory show of chivalrous ardor, rolling their eyes at one another when they could without the girls noticing

—p.64 Everybody Knows (63) by Elizabeth Schambelan
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4 years, 2 months ago