Word of the Day – Perfunctory


1. performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
2. lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.

1575?85; < LL perf?nct?rius negligent, superficial, deriv. of perfung? to do one’s job, be done, equiv. to per- per- + fung-, base of fung? to perform, function + -t?rius -tory 1