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casual

[kazh-oo-uh l] /ˈkæʒ u əl/
adjective
1.
happening by chance; fortuitous:
a casual meeting.
2.
without definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; passing:
a casual remark.
3.
seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned:
a casual, nonchalant air.
4.
without emotional intimacy or commitment:
casual sex.
5.
appropriate for wear or use on informal occasions; not dressy:
casual clothes; casual wear.
6.
irregular; occasional:
a casual visitor.
7.
accidental:
a casual mishap.
8.
noting or relating to video games that do not require much skill or time commitment, or noting a player of such games:
casual gamers.
Compare hard-core (def 6).
9.
Obsolete. uncertain.
noun
10.
a worker employed only irregularly.
11.
a soldier temporarily at a station or other place of duty, and usually en route to another station.
12.
Usually Disparaging. a person who plays video games that do not require much skill or time commitment.
Origin of casual
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin cāsuālis, equivalent to cāsu(s) case1 + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English casuel < Middle French < Latin as above
Related forms
casually, adverb
casualness, noun
overcasual, adjective
overcasually, adverb
overcasualness, noun
ultracasual, adjective
ultracasually, adverb
ultracasualness, noun
uncasual, adjective
uncasually, adverb
uncasualness, noun
Synonyms
1. unexpected, fortuitous, unforeseen. See accidental. 6. random.
Antonyms
1. planned.
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  • But under the seething surface—first visible to the casual glance—was a substratum as pure as it was solid and unyielding.

  • Every day I meet men who tell the most wonderful stories in the most casual way.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Her temper was even, and her nature was finer than her prim, priggish ways would have led the casual acquaintance to suppose.

    When Grandmamma Was New Marion Harland
  • His large voice was modulated to kindliness as he spoke in a casual manner.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Yet this largest of channel ports, in its present state, can show the casual passer-by much that is interesting.

British Dictionary definitions for casual

casual

/ˈkæʒjʊəl/
adjective
1.
happening by accident or chance: a casual meeting
2.
offhand; not premeditated: a casual remark
3.
shallow or superficial: a casual affair
4.
being or seeming unconcerned or apathetic: he assumed a casual attitude
5.
(esp of dress) for informal wear: a casual coat
6.
occasional or irregular: casual visits, a casual labourer
7.
(biology) another term for adventive
noun
8.
(usually pl) an informal article of clothing or footwear
9.
an occasional worker
10.
(biology) another term for an adventive
11.
(usually pl) a young man dressed in expensive casual clothes who goes to football matches in order to start fights
Derived Forms
casually, adverb
casualness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin cāsuālis happening by chance, from Latin cāsus event, from cadere to fall; see case1
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Word Origin and History for casual
adj.

late 14c., "subject to or produced by chance," from Middle French casuel (15c.), from Late Latin casualis "by chance," from Latin casus "chance, occasion, opportunity; accident, event" (see case (n.1)).

Of persons, in the sense of "not to be depended on, unmethodical," it is attested from 1883; meaning "showing lack of interest" is from 1916. Of clothes, "informal," from 1939. Related: Casually.

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