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adjective     casual pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    relaxed and informal

    The bar has a casual low-key atmosphere.

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

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    1. a.
      seeming relaxed and not worried about anything

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

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    2. 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. 3
    [only before noun] happening without being planned or thought about

    a casual meeting/remark

    The disease cannot be spread by casual contact.

  3. 4
    working in temporary jobs

    a casual labourer

    The workforce is mainly unskilled and casual.

  4. 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.

  5. 6
    [only before noun] not involving strong feelings or emotions

    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.

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