- (of building materials) lacking uniformity of dimensions: random shingles.
- (of ashlar) laid without continuous courses.
- constructed or applied without regularity: random bond.
- unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place: A couple of random guys showed up at the party.
- odd or unpredictable, often in an amusing way: my totally random life.
- a person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place.
- a person or thing that is odd or unpredictable.
Origin of random
Examples from the Web for random
But by Wednesday evening there was little in the way of organized protests or random unrest in the area.
He did not shout “God is great,” but his random act served the purposes of ISIS almost as well.
Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.
Random House agreed that all future editions of the book will state that “Barry” was a pseudonym.
Poll a bunch of random youths today, and nine out of ten will say they know the name Robert Downey Jr.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Several horses and two men on our side had received slight flesh wounds, as there had been a random return fire.The Outlet|Andy Adams
In taking a random sample no selection as to size, uniformity, or any other quality should be made.
When one fires and can only fire at random, who fires most hits most.Battle Studies|Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
Mike had not been well-disposed towards the invaders before, but now he ran amok, hitting out right and left at random.Mike|P. G. Wodehouse
He was of a temper too stolid and sensible to waste his time on random treasure hunting.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
British Dictionary definitions for random
- having a value which cannot be determined but only described probabilisticallya random variable
- chosen without regard to any characteristics of the individual members of the population so that each has an equal chance of being selectedrandom sampling
Word Origin for random
Word Origin and History for random
"having no definite aim or purpose," 1650s, from at random (1560s), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"), alteration of Middle English noun randon "impetuosity, speed" (c.1300), from Old French randon "rush, disorder, force, impetuosity," from randir "to run fast," from Frankish *rant "a running" or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *randa (cf. Old High German rennen "to run," Old English rinnan "to flow, to run;" see run (v.)).
In 1980s U.S. college student slang it began to acquire a sense of "inferior, undesirable." (A 1980 William Safire column describes it as a college slang noun meaning "person who does not belong on our dormitory floor.") Random access in reference to computer memory is recorded from 1953. Related: Randomly; randomness.
Science definitions for random
Idioms and Phrases with random
see at random.