casual
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French casuel, from Late Latin casualis, from Latin casus fall, chance — more at case Date: 14th century 1. subject to, resulting from, or occurring by chance <
a casual meeting
>
2. a. occurring without regularity ; occasional <
casual employment
>
b. employed for irregular periods <
a casual worker
>
c. met with on occasion and known only superficially <
a casual friend
>
3. a. (1) feeling or showing little concern ; nonchalant <
a casual approach to cooking
>
(2) lacking a high degree of interest or devotion <
casual sports fans
>
<
casual readers
>
(3) done without serious intent or commitment <
casual sex
>
b. (1) informal, natural <
a casual conversation
>
(2) designed for informal use <
casual clothing
>
Synonyms: see accidental, randomcasually adverbcasualness noun II. noun Date: circa 1852 1. a casual or migratory worker 2. an officer or enlisted person awaiting assignment or transportation to a unit

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