Definition of casual
1 : subject to, resulting from, or occurring by chance <a casual meeting>
2a : occurring without regularity : occasional <casual employment>b : employed for irregular periods <a casual worker>c : met with on occasion and known only superficially <a casual friend>
3a (1) : feeling or showing little concern : nonchalant <a casual approach to cooking> (2) : lacking a high degree of interest or devotion <casual sports fans> <casual readers> (3) : done without serious intent or commitment <casual sex>b (1) : informal, natural <a casual conversation> (2) : designed for informal use <casual clothing>
Examples of casual in a sentence
a casual encounter on the sidewalk
The atmosphere at the meeting was quite casual.
He made a casual remark about her shoes.
He's a casual sports fan.
Origin and Etymology of casual
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of casual
random, haphazard, casual mean determined by accident rather than design. random stresses lack of definite aim, fixed goal, or regular procedure <a random selection of books>. haphazard applies to what is done without regard for regularity or fitness or ultimate consequence <a haphazard collection of rocks>. casual suggests working or acting without deliberation, intention, or purpose <a casual collector>.
First Known Use of casual
CASUAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of casual for English Language Learners
: happening by chance : not planned or expected
: designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc. : not formal
: done without much thought, effort, or concern
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Definition of casual for Students
1 : happening unexpectedly or by chance : not planned or foreseen <a casual meeting>
2 : occurring without regularity : occasional <casual visits>
3 : showing or feeling little concern : nonchalant <This is awful! How can you be so casual about it?>
4 : meant for informal use <Wear casual clothing for the tour.>
Legal Definition of casual
1a : not expected or foreseen b : not done purposefully : accidental
2a : employed for irregular periods <a casual worker> b : engaging in an activity on an occasional basis <a casual seller>
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