- happening by chance; fortuitous: a casual meeting.
- without definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; passing: a casual remark.
- seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned: a casual, nonchalant air.
- without emotional intimacy or commitment: casual sex.
- appropriate for wear or use on informal occasions; not dressy: casual clothes; casual wear.
- irregular; occasional: a casual visitor.
- accidental: a casual mishap.
- 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).
- Obsolete. uncertain.
- a worker employed only irregularly.
- a soldier temporarily at a station or other place of duty, and usually en route to another station.
- Usually Disparaging. a person who plays video games that do not require much skill or time commitment.
Origin of casual
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Examples from the Web for casual
After four or five months of casual interaction, they realized they both had lost a young parent to cancer.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
He was not a man given to casual affectionate display; the moment was charged with emotion.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
They “hook up” in a manner that makes the casual sex of the 1960s seem like an arranged marriage in Oman.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
We cannot expect to have a casual relationship with heritage.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
Every day I meet men who tell the most wonderful stories in the most casual way.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
His large voice was modulated to kindliness as he spoke in a casual manner.
It came in a most casual voice, despite the dancing delight in her face.
Kingozi's attention, however, now narrowed to a smaller circle than the casual.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
But in her the action was so casual, so absent, that it did not affect me disagreeably.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
- happening by accident or chancea casual meeting
- offhand; not premeditateda casual remark
- shallow or superficiala casual affair
- being or seeming unconcerned or apathetiche assumed a casual attitude
- (esp of dress) for informal weara casual coat
- occasional or irregularcasual visits; a casual labourer
- biology another term for adventive
- (usually plural) an informal article of clothing or footwear
- an occasional worker
- biology another term for an adventive
- (usually plural) a young man dressed in expensive casual clothes who goes to football matches in order to start fights
Word Origin and History for casual
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.