An example of desultory is wandering around and not knowing where you are going.
An example of desultory is a conversation that doesn't flow well.
A desultory conversation.
A desultory observation.
Origin of desultory
- Latin dēsultōrius leaping from dēsultor a leaper from dēsultus past participle of dēsilīre to leap down dē- de- salīre to jump sel- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin desultorius (“hasty, casual, superficial”), from desultor (“a circus rider who jumped from one galloping horse to another”), from dēsiliō (“jump down”), from dē (“down”) + saliō (“jump, leap”)