Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Performed with haste and scant attention to detail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Running about; not stationary.
  • In entomology, adapted for running, as the feet of many terrestrial beetles; cursorial.
  • Hasty; slight; superficial; careless; not exercising or receiving close attention: as, a cursory reader; a cursory view.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Running about; not stationary.
  • adjective Characterized by haste; hastily or superficially performed; slight; superficial; careless.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective hasty; superficial; careless
  • adjective obsolete Running about; not stationary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin cursōrius, of running, from Latin cursor, runner; see cursor.]

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From Latin cursorius

Examples

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  • Argh.

    “But this original name is dying out because sod over here is a cursory so is not used much.”

    Sometimes the Internet makes me sad.

    January 18, 2012