—adj. 1. shortened and detached when played or sung: staccato notes. 2. characterized by performance in which the notes are abruptly disconnected: a staccato style of playing. Cf. legato. 3. composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed: rapid-fire, staccato speech.
—adv. in a staccato manner.
—n. 1. performance in a staccato manner.
2. a staccato passage.