- habitual or customary: her usual skill.
- commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.
- commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.
- something that is usual: He could expect only the usual.
- as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday.
Origin of usual
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Examples from the Web for usual
The judges who handle arraignments at criminal court in all five boroughs have a small fraction of their usual caseloads.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Larson, as usual, instills gravitas and agency in an otherwise underwritten character.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
I know that one day in the near (ish) future, we will return to our usual hikes and bike rides.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
But, under the hawkish eye of the media and through a heavily active social media presence, she carried on as usual.Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability on ‘The Pinkprint’
December 16, 2014
The broader issue is also playing out without the usual toxicity.Dear GOP: Fix the Damn Justice System!
December 7, 2014
Anaxagoras retained his usual bland expression and meek dignity.
On this day, however, Philothea's mind was less serene than usual.
There was another debate over Spring, who had followed his master as usual.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"Count me in, please," said Blanche, in her usual vein of frankness.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
As usual, balm was on his lips, and I found encouragement and support.
- of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customarythat's the usual sort of application to send
- ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)
- the usual informal the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc
Word Origin and History for usual
late 14c., from Old French usuel (late 13c.), from Late Latin usualis "ordinary," from Latin usus "custom" (see use). The usual suspects is from a line delivered by Claude Rains (as a French police inspector) in "Casablanca" (1942).