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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Whether paired with tailored trousers for a business meeting or draped over a casual dress for an evening out, this blazer is incredibly versatile for the holiday season.—Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Her casual cruelty is driven by a need to have isolated her family from dangers from outside.—Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 That included power suits, casual button-downs, baseball hats, and baggy jeans or trousers.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 16 Nov. 2023 Even casual fans should find the atmosphere thrilling, Markovich said, particularly those who happen to pass through game-day destinations while cruising the country’s rivers.—Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Nike, which reported a 2% decline in North American footwear sales in its latest quarter, is facing energetic competition for both athletes and casual consumers from brands including Hoka, On, Adidas and New Balance.—Katie Deighton, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 Shannon — with his square, stone-cut face and dark, flat slashes for eyes and mouth — has an unmistakable nasal drawl, level and unhurried but never casual, always edged with potential menace.—Sara Holdren, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2023 For casual options, try chef Gabriel DeLeon's inventive fusion of Mexico City classics with the flavors of Santa Fe and Tex-Mex cuisine at Mi Dia from Scratch.—Jennifer Chappell Smith, Southern Living, 13 Nov. 2023 There were families, people on dates, casual groups of friends, attractive singles and true fans of music.—Eric Fuller, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
How to Create a Traditional Casual Style for Your Home
Traditional casual is a perfect mix of form and function.—Maggie Gillette, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2023 On the other end of the spectrum, postings specifying ‘business casual’ and ‘smart casual’ have continually declined since 2020.—Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2023 This casual haunt overlooking Britannia Bay is perfect for lunch, dinner, and cocktails at sunset, or come for its weekly events like Wednesday night's Jump Up when live bands and local DJs bring the spirit of St. Vincent to Mustique and the indulgent Taco and Tequila Thursdays.—Rondel Holder, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2023 Many of them are inspired by my favorite casual 'stay at home' staples, elevated with feminine details.—People Staff, Peoplemag, 14 Aug. 2023 There will be two distinct dining areas: one casual, called the Petit Café, and the formal Grand Café.—Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 July 2023 Between hot and sticky late summer weather, potential sunburns, and being in a celebrity-speckled audience, consideration is required to nail down smart casual.—Jaimie Potters, Town & Country, 17 Aug. 2023 Trouser Shorts Business casual keeps infiltrating our closets.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 10 Aug. 2023 Do use your own discretion on what your workplace or business casual allows.—Maverick Li, Men's Health, 27 July 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case