[ kazh-oo-uhl ]
/ ˈkæʒ u əl /



Nearby words

  1. castro valley,
  2. castro, cipriano,
  3. castro, fidel,
  4. castroism,
  5. castrop-rauxel,
  6. casual contact,
  7. casual friday,
  8. casualization,
  9. casually,
  10. casualness

Origin of casual

1325–75; Middle English < Latin cāsuālis, equivalent to cāsu(s) case1 + -ālis -al1; replacing Middle English casuel < Middle French < Latin as above

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See accidental. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for casually


/ (ˈkæʒjʊəl) /



Derived Formscasually, adverbcasualness, noun

Word Origin for casual

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

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Word Origin and History for casually



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.

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