[yoo-zhoo-uhl, yoozh-wuhl]


habitual or customary: her usual skill.
commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.
commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.


something that is usual: He could expect only the usual.


    as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday.

Origin of usual

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin ūsuālis, equivalent to Latin ūsu-, stem of ūsus use (see use (noun)) + -ālis -al1; compare Old French usuel
Related formsu·su·al·ly, adverbu·su·al·ness, noun

Synonyms for usual

1. accustomed. Usual, customary, habitual refer to a settled and constant practice. Usual indicates something that is to be expected by reason of previous experience, which shows it to occur more often than not: There were the usual crowds at the celebration. Something that is customary is in accordance with prevailing usage or individual practice: It is customary to finish up with a bonfire. That which is habitual has become settled or constant as the result of habit on the part of the individual: The merchants wore habitual smiles throughout the season. 2. general, prevailing, prevalent, familiar, regular. 3. expected, predictable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for usually

Contemporary Examples of usually

Historical Examples of usually

  • Pericles was usually represented with a helmet, to cover the deformity in his skull.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I am bound to him by ties stronger than usually bind the hearts of women.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • And I remember they were more than usually brilliant at that time.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But, because he won't submit, he usually runs foul of other men.

  • But Allister had not come in, although he was usually the first at a rendezvous.

British Dictionary definitions for usually



customarily; at most times; in the ordinary course of events



of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customarythat's the usual sort of application to send


ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)
the usual informal the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc
Derived Formsusualness, noun

Word Origin for usual

C14: from Late Latin ūsuālis ordinary, from Latin ūsus use
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Word Origin and History for usually

late 15c., from usual + -ly (2).



late 14c., from Old French usuel (late 13c.), from Late Latin usualis "ordinary," from Latin usus "custom" (see use). The usual suspects is from a line delivered by Claude Rains (as a French police inspector) in "Casablanca" (1942).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with usually


see as usual; business as usual.

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