Definition of casual
1 : subject to, resulting from, or occurring by chance a casual meeting
2a : occurring without regularity : occasional casual employmentb : employed for irregular periods a casual workerc : 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 sexb (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
CASUAL Defined for Kids
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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