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English definition of “casual”


adjective [before noun] (TEMPORARY)    /ˈkæʒ.u.əl/
C2 not regular or fixed : casual labour / labourers / workers casual sex Employment status and types of workTemporaryShort in timeTemporaryShort in time casually     /-i/ adverb B2 She was dressed casually in shorts and a T-shirt .The style, appearance, and make-up of clothesLacking interest and enthusiasmUnwilling and reluctantNot showing or feeling emotionsEmployment status and types of workTemporaryShort in timeChance and randomness
(Definition of casual adjective (TEMPORARY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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