Definition of casual in English:

casual

Line breaks: cas¦ual
Pronunciation: /ˈkaʒjʊəl
 
, -zj-/

adjective

  • 2Not regular or permanent, in particular:
  • 2.1Employed or established on a temporary or irregular basis: a casual worker casual jobs
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    • Many of those who found work were employed on a casual basis or in jobs that were ‘markedly poorer in almost all respects’.
    • Sometimes Janet also does odd jobs on a casual basis, ‘But mostly I live on loans,’ she says.
    • The report finds that low paid mothers, many employed in casual or part-time jobs, are the least likely to have access to paid maternity leave.
  • 2.2(Of a sexual relationship or encounter) occurring between people who are not established sexual partners: casual sex had never been her scene
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
  • 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
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    informal, not formal, relaxed, comfortable, sloppy, leisure, sportif, everyday; Military undress
    informal sporty

noun

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  • 1A person who does something irregularly: a number of casuals became regular customers
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    • 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.
  • 1.1British A worker employed on an irregular or temporary basis: the business employs eight full-time sales staff and ten casuals
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    temporary worker, part-timer, freelance, freelancer
    informal temp
  • 1.2 historical A person admitted to a workhouse for a short period.
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    • The ruffian casual laughs at him, and sings funny and oftentimes libellous songs concerning him as he breaks stones or picks oakum.
    • Vagrants, tramps and casuals were strictly separated from the resident pauper inmates housed in the gothic splendour of the Main Workhouse.
    • Farm buildings were cleared out of muck and little piles were stacked in rows in the field to dry and then the casuals would spread it on the land.
  • 2 (casuals) British Clothes or shoes suitable for everyday wear rather than formal occasions: she designs women’s casuals
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    • 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.
  • 3British A youth belonging to a subculture characterized by the wearing of expensive casual clothing and frequently associated with football hooliganism.
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    • Up to 70 Motherwell football casuals took to the streets of Dundee yesterday, vandalising cars and attacking passers by.
    • He has resurrected a subject that should have been put to bed in the Nineties, when the world of football casuals was on the wane.
    • Back in the Eighties, you were either a mod, a long-haired rocker or a football casual and if you were a particularly awkward teenager you were a goth.

Derivatives

casually

adverb
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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.

casualness

noun
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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.

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 2 of the adjective, sense 3 of the adjective): from Old French casuel and Latin casualis, from casus 'fall' (compare with case1).

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