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Definitions of casual

  1. One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. One admitted for a night into the workhouse of a district to which he does not belong. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. Casually. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Casualty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. natural and unstudied; "using their Christian names in a casual way"; "lectured in a free-and-easy style" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility; "a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand; "a casual remark"; "information collected by casual methods and in their spare time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. Happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Happening by chance; accidental; as, a casual meeting; coming without regularity; as, casual expenses. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Accidental: unforeseen: occasional. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Accidental; occasional. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Occurring by chance; accidental; unusual. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Happening without design; coming to pass without being expected or foreseen; accidental. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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
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