• Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall
    Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj casual 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"
    • adj casual 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"
    • adj casual not showing effort or strain "a difficult feat performed with casual mastery","careless grace"
    • adj casual appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions "casual clothes","everyday clothes"
    • adj casual natural and unstudied "using their Christian names in a casual way","lectured in a free-and-easy style"
    • adj casual characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility; it is no fooling matter" "a broken back is nothing to be casual about"
    • adj casual occurring or appearing or singled out by chance "seek help from casual passers-by","a casual meeting","a chance occurrence"
    • adj casual without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand "a casual remark","information collected by casual methods and in their spare time"
    • adj casual occurring from time to time "casual employment","a casual correspondence with a former teacher","an occasional worker"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that people prefer the colour blue for their casual clothing
    • Casual Coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses. "A constant habit, rather than a casual gesture."
    • Casual Happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance. "Casual breaks, in the general system."
    • n Casual One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • casual Happening or coming to pass without (apparent) cause, without design on the part of the agent, in an unaccountable manner, or as a mere coincidence or accident; coming by chance; accidental; fortuitous; indeterminate: as, a casual encounter.
    • casual Occasional; coming at uncertain times, or without regularity, in distinction from stated or regular; incidental: as, casual expenses.
    • n casual A person who receives relief and shelter for one night at the most in a workhouse or police-station, or who receives treatment in a hospital for an accidental injury.
    • n casual A laborer or an artisan employed only irregularly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Casual kash′ū-al accidental: unforeseen: occasional
    • n Casual a chance or occasional visitor, labourer, pauper, &c
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  • W. H. Auden
    “Criticism should be a casual conversation.”
  • Warren E. Burger
    Warren E. Burger
    “We are more casual about qualifying the people we allow to act as advocates in the courtroom than we are about licensing electricians.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “All of life is a risk; in fact we're not going to get out alive. Casualness leads to casualties. Communication is the ability to affect other people with words.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. casuel, F. casuel, fr. L. casualis, fr. casus, fall, accident, fr. cadere, to fall. See Case


In literature:

They examined each other casually, then scattered.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
They have a casual manner, and they smile very winningly.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
He edged himself through the door, not stealthily, but carelessly, casually.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
And the only way in was through the casual drawing of numbers.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
He casually strolled over to Mike and dropped the rifle.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Old Paul Hendricks had come back from waiting on some casual customers in the store.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
She nodded casually to Ann.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Such treatment was with him only casual, but it opened to me new prospects.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
They were the most casual acquaintances.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
So the pretense was to be that he had called casually and had scarcely been expected.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson

In poetry:

Like one who runs
Fearful at night, he knows not why,
Dreading the loneliness, yet shuns
The highway's casual company;
"The Escape" by John Freeman
And presently her agate eyes
Take a soft large milky haze,
And her independent casual glance
Becomes a stiff, hard gaze.
"Milk For The Cat" by Harold Monro
And smile, and look politely round,
To catch a casual suggestion;
But make no effort to propound
Any solution of the question.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
That is to say, in a casual way,
I slipped my arm around her;
With a kiss or two (which is nothing to you),
And ready to kiss I found her.
"Pink Dominoes" by Rudyard Kipling
They seem'd, to those who saw them meet,
The casual friends of every day;
Her smile was undisturb'd and sweet,
His courtesy was free and gay.
"Shadows" by Richard Monckton Milnes Houghton
Of frontless days before the beard,
When, instant on the casual jest,
The God Himself of Mirth appeared
And snatched us to His heaving breast
"To The Companions" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Multi-concept operator Landry's Restaurants has acquired Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. A casual dining seafood chain.
Operator or franchisor here of 24 high-volume casual restaurants, said it has retained a financial advisor to seek an infusion of equity capital for accelerated expansion.
0Gwyneth Paltrow stayed casual at Heathrow Airport in London Sept 3.
Gwyneth Paltrow stayed casual at Heathrow Airport in London Sept 3.
New clothes, hairdo and makeup move Memphis student from college to business casual.
With graduation looming, Ruta Vendelskyte will be ready for job interviews with this new business casual style.
She can credit her disarming smile, casual demeanor, and remarkable work ethic.
After not attending a single Mets game all last season, I, an admittedly casual Mets fan, was lucky to be at Citi Field for Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1.
The casual-dining chain's drink menu draws customers in at times when many other restaurants are slow.
I was casually browsing Facebook today when I saw an advertisement pop up chastising Representative Kathleen Passidomo.
Popular hip-yet-casual second floor sushi and Japanese cuisine joint.
The purple and yellow sign above the door welcomes diners, and an open, vividly-colored space sets a casual tone.
Modern but selective decoration makes this place a casual stop for lunch on weekdays or even a nice dinner on weekends.
Eyeing momentum around menu-labeling regulations and a public that seems ready to eat better, a growing number of casual-dining chains are adding healthful options to the menu.
Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' is heavy-handed tome.

In science:

Casual readers are asked to simply accept the above equations as starting point for the remainder of this review, and perhaps glance through App. A to get an idea of the main steps and approximations involved in deriving them.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
We have made an effort to keep the discussion as nontechnical as possible and accessible to casual readers that have not studied App. B in detail, although we will on occasion refer to results from the latter.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
Considering that applying the same considerations it is easy to understand also the Majorana formulation of the massive neutral particle it seems more incredible that all this derived by casual circumstances.
Majorana and the Infinite Component Wave Equations
Even casual consideration of the astrophysical literature reveals that the percentage of papers totally uncited after three years is more like 3% than 33% (in a sample that includes journals of both high and low prestige).
Astrophysics in 2006
We consider two levels of contacts: close contacts between two persons who live in the same household and casual contacts between two persons who live in different households but may make contact in the community.
A resampling-based test to detect person-to-person transmission of infectious disease