- 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 casually
Lennon casually told some DC friends about it and found there was local interest in establishing Dinner Parties.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Many mercenaries slaughtered their way to power, casually betraying even close family to secure their fortunes.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away.Media, Dress Smart For Kate
November 20, 2014
In fact, many of them were only casually aware of the series, or not fans at all.Why I Named My Quidditch Film Mudbloods
October 14, 2014
Yet from Madonna videos to Gone Girl, his feminism comes from casually showing men— through men—the value of a powerful woman.David Fincher’s Backseat Feminism
October 9, 2014
Side by side with the wonders he described so casually, she was placing the little house.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They had often met before, but it had been casually, and the hour had not been ripe.
Nothing prevented him paying a friendly call to Mr Verloc, casually as it were.The Secret Agent
Burnham remarked, much too casually to have deceived anybody but old Sam.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He glanced at them casually, and went about the business of saddling.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- 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 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.