adj. The type of search one conducts that leads to failure or disappointment.

Experienced with increasingly regularity on the interweb in the latter 1/2 of the oughties.

Archaic A phrase used to describe a brief, or not all that thourough a search.

See OED for more info.

2009 Dude #1: Did you finally call that chick?

2009 Dude #2: Nah, I made a cursory search.


2009 Chick #1: Did that dude ever call you?

2009 Chick #2: No. It appears ours was a cursory encounter.
by Ragnar 2030 April 27, 2009
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