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A.Word.A.Day--excursive

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This week's theme: Yours to discover.

excursive (ik-SKUR-siv) adjective

Tending to wander off; rambling.

[From Latin excurrere (to run out), from ex- (out) + currere (to run). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kers- (to run) that's also the source of car, career, carpenter, occur, discharge, and caricature. Why caricature? Because a caricature is a loaded or distorted picture of someone.]

See more usage examples of excursive in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Through a succession of journeys shaped by the caprices of the bus companies, he conjures a narrative that is excursive, digressive and diverting beyond measure."
Man on an Omnibus; The Daily Telegraph (London, UK); Dec 3, 2006.

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