- 1Relaxed and unconcerned: she regarded his affairs with a casual indulgence he tried to make his voice sound casualMore example sentences
- Even then, the British experts have been amazed by the casual attitude taken towards such a dangerous substance.
- Behind his casual attitude lies the strict discipline a teacher asks of a pupil.
- Other countries don't share this casual attitude.
- 1.1Made or done without much thought or premeditation: a casual remarkMore example sentences
- One cannot dismiss it as a casual remark from a man who spent two decades in this field of management.
- She was later shattered to learn from a casual remark at a lunch party of his death at Gallipoli.
- I do recall that a casual remark was made to the effect that my nose was similar to that of the deceased woman but had placed no particular significance on this.
- 1.2Done or acting in a desultory way: to the casual observer, rugby looks something like soccerMore example sentences
- The casual observer may be unable to tell them apart.
- And to even the most casual observer, the conference delegates are clearly very well behaved and polite.
- They just sat there like a couple of casual observers with no vested interest.
- 1.3Done or acting without sufficient care or thoroughness: the casual way in which victims were treatedMore example sentences
- It's this built-in food supply that makes these types of plants more forgiving of casual care and attention.
- I would be filled with rage at this casual disregard of my only child's suffering, if it weren't for the fact that it was pretty darn hilarious.
- The best it seems to me that you can put against Andar is that there was a casual act of negligence on the part of its employee in not inspecting this particular trolley.
- 2.1Employed or established on a temporary or irregular basis: casual staff casual jobsMore example sentences
- The poorest schools are most affected because the state government no longer employs casual teachers centrally but requires schools to hire them out of their own budgets.
- They said they had a critical staff shortage and that casual labourers who had worked at the depot for years had still not been hired as full-time employees.
- The casual workers who are employed seasonally to harvest the peat are guaranteed 13 weeks pay but just now they are left in a very unfortunate position at the mercy of the weather.
- 2.2(Of a sexual relationship or encounter) occurring between people who are not regular or established sexual partners.More example sentences
- In addition, sexual encounters with casual partners may be less planned.
- This involved an increase in the number of sexual partners, rapid partner change, casual sex, and experiences of sexual risk-taking.
- Participants' sexual relationships were mainly serially monogamous, with some women having sex with casual partners between relationships.
- 3 [attributive] Happening by chance; accidental: he pretended it was a casual meetingMore example sentences
- This has purely been a casual meeting in the street.
- I don't want to give the feeling that the choices of imagery are accidental, or casual - that this picture could just as well be another picture.
- Many of the poem's juxtapositions seem casual or accidental at first, but then turn treacherous.
- 4Without formality of style or manner, in particular (of clothing) suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions: a casual short-sleeved shirt an ideal coat for casual occasions the inn’s casual atmosphereMore example sentences
- The Meinton room on the ground floor is a place for speedy Thai, Malaysian and Chinese food, with a casual noodle bar style atmosphere.
- Cheap drinks, a chatty and casual atmosphere and great meal deals are the main things you would normally associate with a Wetherspoon's pub.
- The man commands a presence and an element of style not expected or previously delivered in the casual atmosphere of the MMVAs.
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- 1A person who does something irregularly: a number of casuals became regular customersMore example sentences
- These two are not journeymen casuals out to pass the time on a Saturday afternoon.
- Generally speaking, fishermen can be divided into the casuals and the addicts.
- Inquiries made by officers about the Skirlington stall have revealed that the traders were casuals who turned up on the day and paid a stall fee.
- 1.1A worker employed on an irregular or temporary basis.More example sentences
- Cairns - an important tourism gateway - has only one fulltime airport and employs 11 casuals and 8 part-time workers.
- At present, childcare workers are employed as casuals.
- Thousands of young retail workers, for example, continue to work as casuals, employed as little as 16 hours a week, frequently spread over broken shifts.
- 2 (casuals) Clothes or shoes suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions.More example sentences
- From night gowns to casuals, she could find them all.
- Wearing casuals, they might have been taken for weekenders, just come from the city for a stroll on the beach in the pleasant weather, except that the officers had seen them on the boats.
- When I came back down, I actually met the guy, and he looked me up and down in that disapproving look, because I was just wearing casuals.
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- After the incident the two men walked off casually as though nothing had happened.
- Then he casually suggested going for lunch in a nearby pub while they waited for banking papers to come through.
- One of my tutors casually mentioned that his research on malaria was funded by the US Army.
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- But when he moved up to the top level, international level, these moments of casualness were punished.
- ‘There's a casualness and trust about the lifestyle that you can't get in the city,’ Mr Neilson says.
- My utter casualness about the situation has been surprising.