English dictionary

casual meaning and definition

CASUAL adjective

Definition of casual (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"
    • synonyms: 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"
  3. appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions
  4. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
    • "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence"
    • synonyms: chance
  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"
    • synonyms: cursory, passing, perfunctory
  6. occurring from time to time
    • "casual employment"; "a casual correspondence with a former teacher"; "an occasional worker"
    • synonyms: occasional
  7. characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility
    • "a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"
    • synonyms: fooling
  8. natural and unstudied
    • "using their Christian names in a casual way"; "lectured in a free-and-easy style"
    • synonyms: free-and-easy
  9. not showing effort or strain
    • "a difficult feat performed with casual mastery"; "careless grace"
    • synonyms: effortless
Source: Princeton University Wordnet