Concise to the point of being curt or stoic.
Not getting anywhere because you’re moving in arbitrary, haphazard directions.
“The idea had been Denver, but Neil was a desultory driver and we spent days in St. Louis before calling on Lisa in Memphis.”
“The mendicant needed shoes, 500 miles from Biloxi.”
Having the symptoms of fever.
“He was wracked with febrile sweats most of the week.”
Ending something by law, decree, etc.
“On Tuesday, the court failed to abrogate barebacking in the pornography industry.”
Quiet and polite because you are shy. Usually applied to females. Only usually.
“Trump’s demure wool attire with a cinched waist came from the age-old Parisian fashion house Christian Dior and riffed on its signature Bar Jacket.”
“Tyler is an excrescence. I’m not sure why they brought him along.”
“The developers build several excrescent office buildings in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.”