August 15, 2019
Learner's Word of the Day
casual /ˈkæʒəwəl/ adjective
casual
/ˈkæʒəwəl/
adjective
Eating in a casual restaurant.
Eating in a casual restaurant.
Learner's definition of CASUAL

1 always used before a noun : happening by chance : not planned or expected

  • a casual encounter on the sidewalk

2 [more casual; most casual] : designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc. : not formal

  • casual clothes

  • a casual restaurant

  • The atmosphere at the meeting was quite casual.

Note: Casual days are days (such as casual Fridays) when a company allows workers to dress in casual clothes.

3 a [more casual; most casual] : done without much thought, effort, or concern

  • She takes a casual [=nonchalant] approach to her homework.

  • He made a casual remark about her shoes.

3 b [more casual; most casual] : not involving a close or serious relationship

  • casual sex

  • They are only casual acquaintances. [=they know each other but not very well]

  • Their relationship was casual.

3 c [more casual; most casual] : having some interest but not a lot : not serious

  • He’s a casual sports fan.

4 : happening at certain times but not on a regular basis

  • She found only casual work.

— casually adjective

  • I looked casually down at my watch

  • He was dressed casually in jeans and a sweatshirt.

— casualness noun [noncount]

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