ca·su·al /ˈkæʒwəl, ˈkæʒəwəl, ˈkæʒəl/
1. Happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance.
Casual breaks, in the general system. --W. Irving.
2. Coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses.
A constant habit, rather than a casual gesture. --Hawthorne.
Syn: -- Accidental; fortutious; incidental; occasional; contingent; unforeseen. See Accidental.
Cas·u·al, n. One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
adj 1: 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" [syn: insouciant, nonchalant]
2: without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand; "a
casual remark"; "information collected by casual methods
and in their spare time"
3: suited for everyday use; "casual clothes"; "everyday
clothes" [syn: everyday]
4: occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their
accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship";
"seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a
chance occurrence" [syn: accidental, chance(a)]
5: 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" [syn: cursory, passing(a), perfunctory]
6: employed in a specified capacity from time to time; "casual
employment"; "a casual correspondence with a former
teacher"; "an occasional worker" [syn: occasional]
7: characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility; "a broken
back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling
matter" [syn: fooling]
8: natural and unstudied; "using their Christian names in a
casual way"; "lectured in a free-and-easy style" [syn: free-and-easy]
9: not showing effort or strain; "a difficult feat performed
with casual mastery"; "careless grace" [syn: effortless]