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Definitions of casual

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; " their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; " seek help from casual passers- by"; " a casual meeting"; " a chance occurrence"
  2. employed in a specified capacity from time to time; " casual employment"; " a casual correspondence with a former teacher"; " an occasional worker"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. natural and unstudied; " using their Christian names in a casual way"; " lectured in a free- and- easy style"
  6. characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility; " a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"
  7. without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand; " a casual remark"; " information collected by casual methods and in their spare time"
  8. Happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance.
  9. Coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses.
  10. One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
  11. Happening by chance; accidental; as, a casual meeting; coming without regularity; as, casual expenses.
  12. Casually.
  13. Accidental: unforeseen: occasional.
  14. Accidental; occasional.
  15. Occurring by chance; accidental; unusual.
  16. Casualty.
  17. One admitted for a night into the workhouse of a district to which he does not belong.
  18. Happening without design; coming to pass without being expected or foreseen; accidental.
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Usage examples for casual

  1. And on the morrow, a sure sign that all was going well with him, he had gained so much strength that he moved freely in his bed, and took more than the casual interest of the desperately sick in his situation and surroundings. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  2. Lilli knew better than to breathe a word to Jenny of any plan, and merely threw out a casual suggestion to take tea at the club. – Carnival by Compton Mackenzie
  3. 300 From even casual inspection it is apparent that Zalvidea did not see the complete population of any one of these villages and that many of the inhabitants had been removed by previous expeditions or were in hiding. – The Aboriginal Population of the San Joaquin Valley, California by Sherburne F. Cook
  4. He made his casual appearance soon after Nick had departed for the Palace, and found her in the garden. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  5. Smith had known that it was important for her to be sheltered from the wind; he was sorry that her skirts were splashed; his manner, casual as it had been, had at least had in it that element of " because you are you," the first essential of any human relationship. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  6. I remarked, in a casual manner. – Vendetta A Story of One Forgotten by Marie Corelli
  7. " But I'm only a casual acquaintance. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  8. When they were seated at the table it was Mrs. Frazer who jerked the conversation away from casual matters. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  9. The choice of a Spanish subject had occurred to him in a casual way soon after he had taken up the study of the Spanish language. – William Hickling Prescott by Harry Thurston Peck
  10. He opened the volume on his knee and turned it around and over with a gesture entirely casual. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  11. " Number one looks back, but whether he seen number two I couldn't say; seemed to me like he just glanced back casual and in the wrong direction. – The Happy Family by Bertha Muzzy Bower
  12. They seemed casual and normal, and Bart's confidence was growing. – The Colors of Space by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  13. It might be that he needed more than the casual care he was giving him. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  14. I entered the room immediately afterwards, and Lewis made some casual remark about the sunset, while Agnes went on quietly sewing. – By Berwen Banks by Allen Raine
  15. This casual remark seems to show that Leander was a club of some years' standing at the time of this match. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  16. It had been founded by one of the leaders of his party, and was intended to serve the function of a spiritual casual ward, whither those who were for the moment at a loss might resort and find refuge until they had time to turn round. – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope
  17. It was no casual glance, he gave the names. – The Rat Racket by David Henry Keller
  18. But something in his past history, or in his present way of living, had apparently driven him too deeply into himself for any casual impulse to draw him back to his kind. – Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  19. In a daring second act, the husband- on the casual invitation of an acquaintance to come along to a supper party in a certain man's rooms- finds his own wife acting as hostess. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
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