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UK [ˈkæʒuəl] / US adjective
1) relaxed and informal

The bar has a casual low-key atmosphere.

The interview took place around the kitchen table and was very casual.

a) seeming relaxed and not worried about anything

Paul tried to sound casual but I could tell something was worrying him.

b) used when you are criticizing someone for being too relaxed or not careful enough about what they do or say

The report notes the firm's casual attitude towards safety procedures.

2) casual clothes are comfortable, and suitable for wearing in informal situations
3) [only before noun] happening without being planned or thought about

a casual meeting/remark

The disease cannot be spread by casual contact.

4)
a) working in temporary jobs

a casual labourer

The workforce is mainly unskilled and casual.

b) used about jobs that are not regular or permanent

casual employment

5) [only before noun] doing something sometimes, but not often or regularly

casual filmgoers

Even casual readers of the business pages will be aware of Greenspan's influence.

6) [only before noun] not involving strong feelings or emotions

casual friendships

He described himself as a casual acquaintance of the local MP.

casual sex (= sex between people who do not know each other well):

He was only looking for casual sex.


Derived word:
casually
UK / US adverb

Please dress casually.


She glanced casually through a magazine as she waited.


English dictionary. 2014.

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