Origin of casual
Synonyms for casual
Antonyms for casual
Related Words for casualoccasional, spontaneous, offhand, easygoing, informal, homey, folksy, laid-back, mellow, cursory, cool, accidental, adventitious, contingent, erratic, extemporaneous, extempore, fluky, fortuitous, impromptu
Examples from the Web for casual
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of casual
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
Word Origin 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.