Adjective "casual" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relaxed and unconcerned.
  1. 'Did the physician and surgical staff members present demonstrate an attitude that was too casual and cavalier?'
  2. 'His expression is casual, relaxed, though maybe a little tired.'
  3. 'Such a casual attitude keeps leading to nasty accidents.'
  4. 'But even though his tone was casual enough, there was nothing but complete honesty and sincerity in his green-gold eyes.'
  5. 'He couldn't have been more casual, more laid-back, more brutal.'
  6. 'I sincerely believe the reason we have such a casual attitude toward guns and gun handling is the fact almost everyone has never been shot before.'
  7. 'Behind his casual attitude lies the strict discipline a teacher asks of a pupil.'
  8. 'She tried to sound casual, as if she really didn't care if he were talking to her or not, hoping he'd be taken aback.'
  9. 'This is a world of endemic and endless daily violence, and a seemingly casual disregard for the value of life.'
  10. 'In their attitude to waste and higher prices, ministers reveal a casual disregard for the taxpayers and consumers who foot the bills.'
  11. 'a casual remark'
  12. '‘Oh that, it was just a casual remark,’ he said turning back to the road.'
  13. 'But then in January 1998 came that casual conversation at the London gym that sent Morgan in a new direction.'
  14. 'A casual remark Cook made on being asked about his feelings on arriving at the ‘North Pole’ seems to support this inference.'
  15. 'Does a casual remark from a coworker stick in your memory?'
  16. 'It was an uninterrupted performance, of spoken thoughts woven with casual comments through which her life and her views would automatically emerge.'
  17. 'I do recall that a casual remark was made to the effect that my nose was similar to that of the deceased woman but had placed no particular significance on this.'
  18. 'The hope is that great science can be facilitated by chance meetings on a staircase or casual observations and musing over a sandwich and a cup of coffee.'
  19. 'The extent to which young people can exploit this situation has meant that their most casual impulses carry more weight than they ever have before this time.'
  20. 'The strip reads like a casual improvisation, though beyond the unbalanced setting, there isn't much invention on display.'
  21. 'Her brother, in a casual remark, later refers to her torrid past.'
  22. 'From Tampa to Denver, there is enough intrigue to stoke the interest of even the most casual football fan.'
  23. 'The casual observer might find such a slow-paced, drawnout pastime to be something of an anachronism in today's quick-fix high-paced world.'
  24. 'The movie assumes the audience knows Curtis and his world beforehand and doesn't convince the casual viewer he's worth caring about.'
  25. 'To the casual observer, the Eastern Catholic churches might appear indistinguishable from their Orthodox neighbours.'
  26. 'Even a casual reading would suffice to demonstrate that Ross's account is wholly unreliable.'
  27. 'The casual observer may be unable to tell them apart.'
  28. 'If the browsers at the museum appear transient, casual, and random, the art they come to see is still, exacting, and formal.'
  29. 'The careless, the casual, the thoughtless reader will come away from them no wiser than he was before.'
  30. 'We can thus accommodate more casual gamers who want to play on their own time and in short sessions.'
  31. 'Yet if 20: 20 cricket, as it is known, has brought in the casual fan, remarkably it has been the drawn-out five-day game that has them salivating.'
  32. 'the casual way in which victims were treated'
  33. 'She also believed that a lot of speech, even on the radio, is too casual and slipshod.'
  34. 'But the casual disregard for the welfare of the poor is still very much a feature of life in the subcontinent.'
  35. 'I would be filled with rage at this casual disregard of my only child's suffering, if it weren't for the fact that it was pretty darn hilarious.'
  36. 'When there's a rapport, architects can be somewhat casual about the process.'
  37. 'Even where an employer owes a non-delegable duty he is not liable for the collateral or casual negligence of an independent contractor.'
  38. 'A related objection can be made to the casual manner in which the evolutionary hypotheses are occasionally used.'
  39. 'This probably explains the rather casual manner in which Gamelin delivered his instructions to Georges.'
Not regular or permanent.
  1. 'casual jobs'
  2. 'Last year the government reduced funding for a range of courses and restricted the hiring of casual teachers, forcing regular teachers to take larger classes.'
  3. 'The company employs 1,410 workers plus an additional 7,000 working as casual labourers.'
  4. 'This site employs over 200 permanent and casual employees.'
  5. 'The report estimates that Australia has the second-highest proportion of temporary or casual workers of any developed country, behind Spain.'
  6. 'There is not the usual amount of fish being landed to the factories, thus there is no necessity to employ the casual workers in the factories this year.'
  7. 'Today journalists have to accept short-term, temporary and casual jobs in a market that is ferociously competitive.'
  8. 'The company employs more than 3,000 casual workers who have between 10 to 15 years service.'
  9. 'The report finds that low paid mothers, many employed in casual or part-time jobs, are the least likely to have access to paid maternity leave.'
  10. 'Many of the call centre jobs will be casual or part-time, and all will be poorly paid.'
  11. 'The management then employ casual workers to weigh it and pack it into bags.'
  12. 'It pays four permanent staff and has a pool of casual workers on call.'
  13. 'He could not return to his casual post-retirement job as a security guard as a result, and his loss of income had a considerable impact on his family's finances.'
  14. 'They said they had a critical staff shortage and that casual labourers who had worked at the depot for years had still not been hired as full-time employees.'
  15. 'The poorest schools are most affected because the state government no longer employs casual teachers centrally but requires schools to hire them out of their own budgets.'
  16. 'The company employs about 1,500 casual workers at peak season.'
  17. 'They supported themselves by casual jobs in dressmaking, trade, or service until they married.'
  18. 'Unions are seeking significant changes to the way employers can use casual workers, labour hire or contracting out.'
  19. 'She wants nothing more than a normal life with a proper home and a regular wage, and she is prepared to go to desperate lengths to try to keep the casual factory jobs she gets and loses on a regular basis.'
  20. 'The loss of a part-time job or a casual job can, to that person, be just as important as the loss of a full-time job.'
  21. 'However, up to now, insecure, temporary or casual jobs were strictly regulated and constituted a minority.'
  22. 'She was married three times and had numerous casual liaisons.'
  23. 'To this day most women are very selective about their sexual partners or at least make sure that casual sexual encounters have no lasting consequences.'
  24. 'He had several casual relationships while he was away, and he still talks about those girls to me.'
  25. 'These casual relationships happen usually in the land of the young.'
  26. 'Some people are looking for a serious relationship, while some just want to chat, date or have casual relations.'
  27. 'Staff believed her pregnancy was the result of a casual affair.'
  28. 'Many of these sexual partners were casual ones, though not necessarily commercial sex workers.'
  29. 'Young people perceive greater STD risk and greater intention to use condoms with casual than with main sex partners.'
Happening by chance; accidental.
  1. 'Both rely heavily on rhyme, favoring couplets but committed to casual or accidental placement rather than to any definite scheme.'
  2. 'This has purely been a casual meeting in the street.'
  3. 'He idolises Kavanagh, and engineers a casual meeting with him on the way to school each morning.'
Without formality of style or manner, in particular (of clothing) suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions.
  1. 'an ideal coat for casual occasions'
  2. 'It's an opportunity for friends to get together in the park in a casual relaxed setting to enjoy great food and entertainment.'
  3. 'The relaxed, casual atmosphere of the center provides the ideal setting for their afternoon discussion.'
  4. 'Art on the walls, for sale and appreciation, adds to the relaxed and casual atmosphere, adding a touch of class and sophistication.'
  5. 'Scott had wanted a relaxed, casual reception that looked more like a dance club than a wedding reception.'
  6. 'The atmosphere is casual, relaxed and friendly and their prices are very reasonable.'


A person who does something irregularly.
  1. 'Inquiries made by officers about the Skirlington stall have revealed that the traders were casuals who turned up on the day and paid a stall fee.'
  2. 'These two are not journeymen casuals out to pass the time on a Saturday afternoon.'
  3. 'the business employs eight full-time sales staff and ten casuals'
  4. 'The win comes as unions call for the focus of drinking to be on impairment, its occupational health and safety implications and its wider causes such as fatigue, overwork, and the use of casuals and outsourcing.'
  5. 'Over the past 12 months casuals have represented about 10% of the total operational cargo workforce.'
  6. 'Since she wasn't there to supervise them and had casuals watching the class, the students just went crazy and didn't do anything.'
  7. 'Cairns - an important tourism gateway - has only one fulltime airport and employs 11 casuals and 8 part-time workers.'
  8. 'At present, childcare workers are employed as casuals.'
  9. 'But if the casuals are really mislabeled regular employees, they can appeal to the union for representation.'
  10. 'Today there are only about 30 workers - four permanent employees, who were retained when Cey-nor was transferred to North Sea in July 2001, and the remainder casuals.'
  11. 'There are people working on a regular roster, working 20 hours or more who are still seen as casuals.'
  12. 'But this award has not prescribed ordinary hours for a casual.'
  13. 'Qantas has added the 106 short-haul casuals to a roster of management, ex-management and overseas-based non-union crew on standby to scab in the event of further industrial action.'
  14. 'He has hit on a grand scheme, the purport of which is nothing less than to abolish workhouse casuals utterly.'
  15. 'Vagrants, tramps and casuals were strictly separated from the resident pauper inmates housed in the gothic splendour of the Main Workhouse.'
Clothes or shoes suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions.
  1. 'Bertie on the beach in white and yellow check casuals, hair blowing in the breeze, bopping alongside the rest, enjoying his EU observer status.'
  2. 'It has a fairly wide range of business casuals, all in cotton and cotton-rich fabrics.'
  3. 'Dressed in casuals and far removed from the bright lights on the theatrical stage, he looks different from the characters he portrayed so powerfully, the day before.'
  4. 'All I can say is, thank God for cotton casuals, fleece sweatshirts and elastic-waist stirrup pants!'
  5. 'Or just slip into some casuals and simply walk into the rain!'
  6. 'From night gowns to casuals, she could find them all.'
  7. 'She stayed here since they brought you in, minus the time she took to change into casuals.'
  8. 'First it was boys who took to the ramp and in casuals and some in sports gear, they had the audience cheering and clapping.'
  9. 'Another satisfying feature of these sandals is their looks… the active sandals unlike many others appear graceful and go with almost all the casuals.'
A youth belonging to a subculture characterized by the wearing of expensive casual clothing and frequently associated with football hooliganism.
  1. 'This is a regular day in the life of a group of Chelsea casuals.'
  2. 'Punks, skins, casuals, every decade has its archetypal teenager with attitude, demonised by the media to strike fear into the middle-class underbelly.'
  3. 'OK the label was launched back in the 1940s by a tennis player, but Fred Perry has always been loved and worn by footie fans and terrace casuals.'
  4. 'Up to 70 Motherwell football casuals took to the streets of Dundee yesterday, vandalising cars and attacking passers by.'


1. happening by chance; fortuitous: a casual meeting.

2. without definite or serious intention; careless or offhand; passing: a casual remark.

3. seeming or tending to be indifferent to what is happening; apathetic; unconcerned: a casual, nonchalant air.

4. without emotional intimacy or commitment: casual sex.

5. appropriate for wear or use on informal occasions; not dressy: casual clothes; casual wear.

6. irregular; occasional: a casual visitor.

7. accidental:

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be casual to anxieties."

"people can be casual in interviews."

"people can be casual in attitudes."

"people can be casual about forces."

"people can be casual about expansions."

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Late Middle English (in casual (sense 2 of the adjective,): from Old French casuel and Latin casualis, from casus ‘fall’ (compare with case).