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- adv. In a desultory fashion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a desultory manner; without method; loosely; immethodically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a desultory or random manner; without method; loosely.
Hall's authority came from his citations, a mass so large that "desultorily" can hardly describe the intensity of his collecting.
Apparently, even when St. Vlad was ordering breakfast, muttering in his sleep, desultorily shifting the surface-clues in alphabet soup or gasping shamed urgencies in Vera's ear ... etc.
One day four months ago, I was sitting at home desultorily scanning job boards and e-mailing resumes, when the phone rang.
I've just been home, desultorily knitting and walking the dog, and I haven't accomplished nearly what you did while making a transatlantic trip AND attending a lovely 3 day party/family reunion!
Ordering a few leaves and poking at them desultorily does not constitute sharing a meal.
He was a year older and had a BB rifle with him, shooting desultorily at trees, cans, fence posts.
In that jaundiced reportorial frame of mind, sitting in the press compound at Bristol, desultorily I watched a woman shepherd a young man in a wheelchair onto the gym floor.
Around me perched on the uncomfortable chairs (how does Helen Thomas sleep here?), wedged in with battery packs and backpacks spilling BlackBerries and spiral notebooks, are a few of the visiting press conversing desultorily in Spanish.
HANNITY chuckles desultorily and pulls out a tray of cookies shaped like snowmen, candy canes, crucifixes, firearms, coat hangers and bright-orange cookies shaped like gingerbread men.
Jefferson recalled that Henry “said the strongest things in the finest language, but without logic, without arrangement, desultorily” 390, and yet, it seems, very effectively.
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