Definition of random in English:

random

Line breaks: ran¦dom
Pronunciation: /ˈrandəm
 
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adjective

  • 2 informal Odd, unusual, or unexpected: the class was hard but he was so random that it was always fun
    More example sentences
    • We could even have done with a little background music to fill a silence only broken by the random squawk of a passing gull.
    • I spent a lot of my time in the boat dodging the sail, which swung at my head every time a random gust arrived.
    • Basically I got a random phone call from him.

Phrases

at random

Without method or conscious decision: he opened the book at random
More example sentences
  • Chrissy picked the blue map book up from the floor by her feet and opened it at random.
  • The attack was unprovoked and it seems he was selected at random for assassination.
  • Manu and Nadine meet up, and go on a road trip, picking up men, and killing at random.
Synonyms
unsystematically, arbitrarily, randomly, without prearrangement, without method, unmethodically, haphazardly, without conscious choice, leaving things to chance; out of a hat, by lot

Derivatives

randomly

adverb
More example sentences
  • The bands picked names randomly from a hat to decide the order they would play in.
  • If their wins and losses are distributed randomly they will win and lose in clusters.
  • The odd part about this man is that he has a habit of randomly switching tables all over the food court.

randomness

noun
More example sentences
  • At some point we need to talk about the role of randomness in investment success.
  • Read this work diary and you'll probably understand the randomness and excitement of it all.
  • Are there situations when embracing randomness is wrong, or when it should be questioned?

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'impetuous headlong rush'): from Old French randon 'great speed', from randir 'gallop', from a Germanic root shared by rand2.

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