by chance; accidentally:Not many of my friends know about my art obsession—there aren’t many ways to casually slide Leonardo da Vinci into a normal conversation.With the new security protocol, it is no longer possible to casually grant access permission to a website you do not control.
in a way that shows indifference, apathy, or a lack of intention or understanding:She strolled in casually, as if she weren’t late.I wonder if the people who are so casually throwing the word "radical" around know what it actually means.
in an informal way; without formality:The wedding guests are casually but neatly dressed.This casually elegant resort offers 4-star food and fantastic views of the coastline.
in an occasional or irregular way:These are not people who go to the club casually—they are here every night of the week.
in a way that does not involve emotional intimacy or commitment:My sister has been casually dating a reality TV star, among others.
in a way that does not require significant skill or time commitment: Expect a casually paced hike suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
- o·ver·cas·u·al·ly, adverb
- ul·tra·cas·u·al·ly, adverb
- un·cas·u·al·ly, adverb
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How to use casually in a sentence
Approach it in a casual fashion and it’s a leisurely two-hour spin—more than enough to clear your head.Why 20 Miles Is the Perfect Length for a Bike Ride | Eben Weiss | November 20, 2020 | Outside Online
She added those who are employed often have unstable jobs that include casual labor and factory work.Global study finds pandemic exacerbates inequities for trans people | Kaela Roeder | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
Our roundup includes Apple's latest-generation iPad for $299, which is a $30 discount from Apple's MSRP for a tablet we still consider commendable for casual users.Today’s best tech deals: iPad, Fitbit, Bluetooth speakers, and more | Ars Staff | November 12, 2020 | Ars Technica
I’ve always been badly distracted by noise, even the casual background conversation that most people seem to power right through.
Whenever we spend time together as a family, during holidays, vacations or casual barbecues, we always sit and have conversations about current events, what our three kids are up to, their plans for travel, etc.
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.
John came to see The Realistic Joneses and we went out to dinner after and talked casually about the show, but that was it.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’ | Marlow Stern | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Many mercenaries slaughtered their way to power, casually betraying even close family to secure their fortunes.
Some, like Norman Mailer, adopted the cooler pose of being casually interested in the possibility.
Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away.
"Five riders an' four extra hosses, if I ain't read the sign wrong," Piegan casually remarked.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
"Of course Tim has made some friends," she said, glancing up from her work very casually.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
On being afterwards casually exposed to variolous infection, she had the Small-pox in a mild way.An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae | Edward Jenner
As she came close to the queen, a lady-in-waiting rose up quite casually and moved away, and Jessie slipped into the vacant seat.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
Wilson eased down the aisle, casually pushing a woman out of his way, and glanced over his victim's shoulder.