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Meaning & Definition of Casual in English

English

Casual

/kæʒəwəl/

adjective

1. Marked by blithe unconcern

  • "An ability to interest casual students"
  • "Showed a casual disregard for cold weather"
  • "An utterly insouciant financial policy"
  • "An elegantly insouciant manner"
  • "Drove his car with nonchalant abandon"
  • "Was polite in a teasing nonchalant manner"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • insouciant
  • ,
  • nonchalant

2. Without or seeming to be without plan or method

  • Offhand
  • "A casual remark"
  • "Information collected by casual methods and in their spare time"
    synonym:
  • casual

3. Appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions

  • "Casual clothes"
  • "Everyday clothes"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • everyday
  • ,
  • daily

4. Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

  • "Seek help from casual passers-by"
  • "A casual meeting"
  • "A chance occurrence"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • chance(a)

5. Hasty and without attention to detail

  • Not thorough
  • "A casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"
  • "A passing glance"
  • "Perfunctory courtesy"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • cursory
  • ,
  • passing(a)
  • ,
  • perfunctory

6. Occurring from time to time

  • "Casual employment"
  • "A casual correspondence with a former teacher"
  • "An occasional worker"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • occasional

7. Characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

  • "A broken back is nothing to be casual about
  • It is no fooling matter"
    synonym:
  • fooling
  • ,
  • casual

8. Natural and unstudied

  • "Using their christian names in a casual way"
  • "Lectured in a free-and-easy style"
    synonym:
  • free-and-easy
  • ,
  • casual

9. Not showing effort or strain

  • "A difficult feat performed with casual mastery"
  • "Careless grace"
    synonym:
  • casual
  • ,
  • effortless

Examples of using

She took a casual glance at the book.
We had a casual meeting on the crowded street.