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[ kazh-oo-uhl ]


  1. happening by chance; fortuitous:

    a casual meeting.

    Synonyms: incidental, unexpected

    Antonyms: planned

  2. without definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; passing:

    a casual remark.

  3. appropriate for wear or use on informal occasions; not dressy:

    casual clothes; casual wear.

  4. seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; relaxed; nonchalant:

    a casual, unconcerned air.

  5. without emotional intimacy or commitment:

    casual sex.

  6. a casual visitor.

    Synonyms: unpredictable, unconcerned, indifferent, apathetic, unceremonious, informal

    Antonyms: serious, formal, concerned

  7. a casual mishap.

  8. noting or relating to activities that do not require much skill or time commitment: Compare hard-core ( def 6 ).

    casual gamers.

  9. Obsolete. uncertain.


  1. a worker employed only irregularly.
  2. a soldier temporarily at a station or other place of duty, and usually en route to another station.
  3. Usually casuals. an article of clothing for casual wear.
  4. a person who does something only occasionally:

    Most of our customers are casuals.

  5. Usually Disparaging. a person who plays video games that do not require much skill or time commitment.


/ ˈkæʒjʊəl /


  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


  1. usually plural an informal article of clothing or footwear
  2. an occasional worker
  3. biology another term for an adventive
  4. usually plural a young man dressed in expensive casual clothes who goes to football matches in order to start fights

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcasually, adverb
  • ˈcasualness, noun

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Other Words From

  • cas·u·al·ly adverb
  • cas·u·al·ness noun
  • o·ver·cas·u·al adjective
  • o·ver·cas·u·al·ness noun
  • ul·tra·cas·u·al adjective
  • ul·tra·cas·u·al·ness noun
  • un·cas·u·al adjective
  • un·cas·u·al·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of casual1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Latin cāsuālis, equivalent to cāsus case 1 + -ālis -al 1; replacing Middle English casuel, from Middle French, from Latin as above

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Word History and Origins

Origin of casual1

C14: from Late Latin cāsuālis happening by chance, from Latin cāsus event, from cadere to fall; see case 1

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Example Sentences

According to a poll we conducted in partnership with the market research firm Ipsos in early May, basketball is one of the sports with the highest share of “major” or “casual” fans identifying as Democrats.

If you take even a casual interest in cryptocurrency markets, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the term DeFi, which is short for decentralized finance.

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Outfitters like Columbia and Patagonia have long made casual frocks meant for traveling or lounging at camp.

Modern dress—slacks, dress shirts, the uniform of casual businessmen.

That was so odd when that came across the timeline in such a casual way.

After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.

And it was such casual racism by people in the halls of power.

Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.

He was not a man given to casual affectionate display; the moment was charged with emotion.

They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.

"I was just going to ask you if you all came through together," he observed, in a casual tone.

The intensity of this drama, however, being interior, caused little outward disturbance that casual onlookers need have noticed.

It was painfully evident to the most casual observer, that she had died of absolute starvation.

There must be something therefore in the bow, as well as in the violin, more than meets the eye of a casual observer.

A casual search of the bar and back room revealed both nearly empty, a natural condition just before dawn.





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