What does casual mean?

Definitions for casual
ˈkæʒ u əlca·su·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. casual, insouciant, nonchalantadjective

    marked by blithe unconcern

    "an ability to interest casual students"; "showed a casual disregard for cold weather"; "an utterly insouciant financial policy"; "an elegantly insouciant manner"; "drove his car with nonchalant abandon"; "was polite in a teasing nonchalant manner"

  2. casualadjective

    without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand

    "a casual remark"; "information collected by casual methods and in their spare time"

  3. casual, everyday, dailyadjective

    appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions

    "casual clothes"; "everyday clothes"

  4. casual, chance(a)adjective

    occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

    "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"

  5. casual, cursory, passing(a), perfunctoryadjective

    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

    "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"

  6. casual, occasionaladjective

    occurring from time to time

    "casual employment"; "a casual correspondence with a former teacher"; "an occasional worker"

  7. fooling, casualadjective

    characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

    "a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"

  8. free-and-easy, casualadjective

    natural and unstudied

    "using their Christian names in a casual way"; "lectured in a free-and-easy style"

  9. casual, effortlessadjective

    not showing effort or strain

    "a difficult feat performed with casual mastery"; "careless grace"


  1. casualnoun

    A worker who is only working for a company occasionally, not as its permanent employee.

  2. casualnoun

    A soldier temporarily at a place of duty, usually en route to another place of duty.

  3. casualnoun

    A member of a group of football hooligans who wear expensive designer clothing to avoid police attention; see .

  4. casualadjective

    Happening by chance.

    They only had casual meetings.

  5. casualadjective

    Coming without regularity; occasional or incidental.

    The purchase of donuts were just casual expenses.

  6. casualadjective

    Employed irregularly

    He was just a casual worker.

  7. casualadjective


  8. casualadjective

    Happening or coming to pass without design.

  9. casualadjective

    Informal, relaxed.

  10. casualadjective

    Designed for informal use.

  11. Etymology: (14th century) from casualis, from casus, from cadere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CASUALadjective

    Accidental; arising from chance; depending upon chance; not certain.

    Etymology: casuel, Fr. from casus, Lat.

    The revenue of Ireland, both certain and casual, did not rise unto ten thousand pounds. John Davies, on Ireland.

    That which seemeth most casual and subject to fortune, is yet disposed by the ordinance of God. Walter Raleigh, History.

    Whether found, where casual fire
    Had wasted woods, on mountain, or in vale
    Down to the veins of earth. Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 566.

    The commissioners entertained themselves by the fire-side, in general and casual discourses. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Most of our rarities have been found out by casual emergency, and have been the works of time and chance; rather than of philosophy. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis; c. 21.

    The expences of some of them always exceed their certain annual income; but seldom their casual supplies. I call them casual, in compliance with the common form. Francis Atterbury.


  1. casual

    Relaxed, informal, unceremonious, or happening by chance without being planned, often used to describe attire, behaviour, or events. It may also refer to a non-serious or non-committed relationship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Casualadjective

    happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance

  2. Casualadjective

    coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses

  3. Casualnoun

    one who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant


  1. Casual

    In the European tradition, casual is the dress code that emphasizes comfort and personal expression over presentation and uniformity. It is popular amongst casuals and hipsters. It includes a very wide variety of costume, so it is perhaps better defined by what it is not than what it is. The following are not considered casual wear: ⁕Ceremonial dress such as royal robes and full dress military costume ⁕Formal wear such as white tie and black tie ⁕Business professional wear such as suits and ties. Blue jeans and a T-shirt have been described as the "casual uniform". With the popularity of spectator sports in the late 20th century, a good deal of athletic gear has influenced casual wear. Clothing worn for manual labor also falls into casual wear. While utilitarian costume comes to mind first for casual dress, however, there is also a wide range of flamboyance and theatricality. Punk costume is a striking example. Madonna introduced a great deal of lace, jewelry, and cosmetics into casual wear during the 1980s. More recently, hip hop fashion has played up elaborate jewelry and luxurious materials worn in conjunction with athletic gear and the clothing of manual labor. Casual wear is typically the dress code in which new forms of gender expression are attempted before being accepted into semi-casual or semi-formal situations. An obvious example is masculine jewelry, which was once considered shocking or titillating even in casual circles, and is now hardly noteworthy in semi-formal situations. Amelia Bloomer introduced trousers for women as a casual alternative to formal hoops and skirts. In a recent mirror image, sarongs and other skirts have been embraced by a few men of the European tradition as a casual alternative to formal trousers. Both of these innovations caused great embarrassment in formal circles.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Casual

    kash′ū-al, adj. accidental: unforeseen: occasional.—n. a chance or occasional visitor, labourer, pauper, &c.—n. Cas′ualism, the belief that chance governs all things.—adv. Cas′ually, in a casual manner.—n. Cas′ualty, that which falls out: an accident: a misfortune: (pl.) losses of a military force by death, desertion, &c.: an incidental charge or payment.—Casualties of superiority, in the feudal law of Scotland, such emoluments arising to the superior as depend on uncertain events—those of non-entry, relief or composition, and escheat alone remaining, but considerably modified by the Conveyancing Act of 1874.—Casualty ward, the ward in a hospital in which accidents are treated; Casual ward, a ward set apart for the use of those who are only occasionally in destitution. [L. casualiscasus. See Case.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. casual

    See transient.

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'casual' in Adjectives Frequency: #666

Anagrams for casual »

  1. causal

  2. ascula

  3. casula

  4. calusa

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of casual in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of casual in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of casual in a Sentence

  1. Melissa Rifkin:

    When it comes to nutrient breakdown, your best option is to go with the fast casual foods, however, don't be fooled that they're necessarily better for you when it comes to calorie load, as shown in this study, fast casual foods are more calorically dense, the reason being is they are often larger in size than fast food portion sizes.

  2. Sebastian Lopez:

    It's a direct link into people's everyday lives, it's a way to share our music with people in a very casual environment and kind of surprise them as they're going about their daily lives.

  3. Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for the Reagan administration:

    I first saw President Reagan as a foot, highly polished brown cordovan wagging merrily on a hassock. I spied it through the door. It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines! But not a big foot, not formidable, maybe a little ...frail. I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads.

  4. Jim:

    Death is as casual-and often as unexpected-as birth. It is as difficult to define grief as joy. Each is finite. Each will fade.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows us that faith proves nothing.

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  • عرArabic
  • небрежен, инцидентен, непредвиден, случаен, неофициаленBulgarian
  • informal, ocasional, casualCatalan, Valencian
  • občasný, příležitostný, náhodný, brigádníkCzech
  • afslappetDanish
  • beiläufig, zufällig, gleichgültig, gelegentlich, ungezwungen, unmethodisch, sportlich, legerGerman
  • τυχαίος, απρόβλεπτος, περιστασιακόςGreek
  • hazardaEsperanto
  • ocasional, casual, deportivoSpanish
  • occasionnelFrench
  • lezser, kényelmes, váratlan, nemtörődöm, fesztelen, véletlen, közvetlen, alkalmi munkás, alkalmi, hétköznapiHungarian
  • santaiIndonesian
  • casualeItalian
  • 偶然, 日用, カジュアル, 非正規雇用, 思い掛けない, 普段Japanese
  • შემთხვევითიGeorgian
  • 평상복Korean
  • ōpaki, pakiraraMāori
  • tilfeldigNorwegian
  • codzienny, sezonowy, dorywczy, przypadkowy, doraźny, niedbałyPolish
  • casualPortuguese
  • случайный, небрежный, неформальный, повседневный, сезонный, непреднамеренный, непарадный, неофициальный, временный, непроизвольныйRussian
  • sportif, şans eseri, rahat, tesadüfen, rastgele, boşverci, arasıraTurkish
  • випадковийUkrainian
  • binh thươngVietnamese

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