Example sentences for: desultory

How can you use “desultory” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Why don't they just continue having lunch with each other, engaging in delightfully desultory, contortion-free conversations, and leave the rest of us out of it?

  • About a dozen years ago, when looking through a mail-order catalogue of sports clothes, I noticed a section offering fishing flies and became intrigued with their names—names like Cree Sedge and Greenwell's Glory . In a desultory way (I admit), I tried to discover more about the names, with an eye toward compiling a work on the subject.

  • Nixon detractors say the desultory comments about raising money were the operative (as they used to say) part of the conversation; Nixon defenders (of which I, as director of the Nixon library, of course am one) stress that the president said it would be wrong and that (if memory serves) "the White House can't do it."

  • He is discovered in a bar, playing a desultory game of pinball beside half a dozen empty beer bottles.

  • They were greeted as liberators by the peasants and met only desultory resistance in most cities.

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