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CASUAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does casual mean? 

CASUAL (adjective)
  The adjective CASUAL has 9 senses:

1. marked by blithe unconcern
2. without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand
3. suited for everyday use
4. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
5. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
6. occuring from time to time
7. characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility
8. natural and unstudied
9. not showing effort or strain

  Familiarity information: CASUAL used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


CASUAL (adjective)


Sense 1casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by blithe unconcern

Synonyms:

nonchalant; insouciant; casual

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unconcerned (lacking in interest or care or feeling)


Sense 2casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand

Context examples:

a casual remark / information collected by casual methods and in their spare time

Similar:

unplanned (without apparent forethought or prompting or planning)


Sense 3casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Suited for everyday use

Synonyms:

everyday; casual

Context examples:

casual clothes / everyday clothes

Similar:

informal (not formal)


Sense 4casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring or appearing or singled out by chance

Synonyms:

chance; accidental; casual

Context examples:

their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship / seek help from casual passers-by / a casual meeting / a chance occurrence

Similar:

unplanned (without apparent forethought or prompting or planning)


Sense 5casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

Synonyms:

cursory; perfunctory; passing; casual

Context examples:

a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws / a passing glance / perfunctory courtesy

Similar:

careless (marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful)


Sense 6casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occuring from time to time

Synonyms:

occasional; casual

Context examples:

casual employment / a casual correspondence with a former teacher / an occasional worker

Similar:

irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)


Sense 7casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

Synonyms:

fooling; casual

Context example:

a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter

Similar:

light (psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles)


Sense 8casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Natural and unstudied

Synonyms:

free-and-easy; casual

Context examples:

using their Christian names in a casual way / lectured in a free-and-easy style

Similar:

informal (not formal)


Sense 9casual [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not showing effort or strain

Synonyms:

effortless; casual

Context examples:

a difficult feat performed with casual mastery / careless grace

Similar:

easy (posing no difficulty; requiring little effort)


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