casual vs daily what difference

what is difference between casual and daily


Alternative forms

  • casuall (obsolete)
  • (shortening, informal) cazh


From Middle French casuel, from Late Latin cāsuālis (happening by chance), from Latin cāsus (event) (English case), from cadere (to fall) (whence English cadence).


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkaʒuəl/, /ˈkaʒjuəl/, /ˈkazjuəl/, /ˈkaʒəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæʒuəl/, /ˈkæʒwəl/, /ˈkæʒəl/
  • (General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ˈkɛʒʉɘl/, /ˈkɛʒɘl/
  • (obsolete) IPA(key): /-uæl/
  • Hyphenation: ca‧su‧al, cas‧ual, casu‧al


casual (comparative more casual, superlative most casual)

  1. Happening by chance.
    • casual breaks, in the general system
  2. Coming without regularity; occasional or incidental.
    • a constant habit, rather than a casual gesture
  3. Employed irregularly.
  4. Careless.
    • 2007, Nick Holland, The Girl on the Bus (page 117)
      I removed my jacket and threw it casually over the back of the settee.
  5. Happening or coming to pass without design.
    • 2012, Jeff Miller, Grown at Glen Garden: Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and the Little Texas Golf Course that Propelled Them to Stardom
      Hogan assumed the entire creek bed was to be played as a casual hazard, moved his ball out and assessed himself a one-stroke penalty.
  6. Informal, relaxed.
  7. Designed for informal or everyday use.


  • (happening by chance): accidental, fortuitous, incidental, occasional, random; see also Thesaurus:accidental
  • (happening or coming to pass without design): unexpected
  • (relaxed; everyday use): informal


  • (happening by chance): inevitable, necessary
  • (happening or coming to pass without design): expected, scheduled
  • (relaxed; everyday use): ceremonial, formal

Derived terms



casual (plural casuals)

  1. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A worker who is only working for a company occasionally, not as its permanent employee.
  2. A soldier temporarily at a place of duty, usually en route to another place of duty.
  3. (Britain) A member of a group of football hooligans who wear expensive designer clothing to avoid police attention; see casual (subculture).
  4. One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.
  5. (video games, informal, derogatory) A player of casual games.
  6. (fandom slang) A person whose engagement with media is relaxed or superficial.
    • 1972, Lee C. Garrison, “The Needs of Motion Picture Audiences”, California Management Review, Volume 15, Issue 2, Winter 1972, page 149:
      Casuals outnumbered regulars in the art-house audience two to one.
    • 2010, Jennifer Gillan, Television and New Media: Must-Click TV, page 16:
      Most often, when a series is marketed toward casuals, the loyals feel that their interests and needs are not being met.
    • 2018, E. J. Nielsen, “The Gay Elephant Meta in the Room: Sherlock and the Johnlock Conspiracy”, in Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans Through Homoerotic Possibilities (ed. Joseph Brennan), page 91:
      Treating a gay relationship as a puzzle that must be pursued by the clever viewers and hidden from “casuals” until a narrative reveal at the eleventh hour seems antithetical to the idea of normalized representation that TJLCers claim as the main reason they want Johnlock to be canon, []
  7. (Britain, dated) A tramp.


Related terms

  • casualty
  • case


  • casual in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.


  • Calusa, casula, causal



casual (masculine and feminine plural casuals)

  1. casual
  2. unplanned

Derived terms

  • casualitat
  • casualment



  • Hyphenation: ca‧su‧al
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw


casual m or f (plural casuais, comparable)

  1. casual (happening by chance)
    Synonym: fortuito
  2. casual (coming without regularity)
    Synonym: ocasional
  3. casual (designed for informal or everyday use)



  • Rhymes: -al


casual (plural casuales)

  1. casual
  2. accidental
  3. coincidental, chance

Derived terms

  • casualmente


  • Cebuano: kaswal

Further reading

  • “casual” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.


Alternative forms

  • dayly (archaic)


  • enPR: dāli, IPA(key): /ˈdeɪli/
  • Rhymes: -eɪli

Etymology 1

From Middle English dayly, from Old English dæġlīċ, from Proto-Germanic *dagalīkaz (daily), equivalent to day +‎ -ly. Cognate with Scots dayly, daly (daily), German Low German dagelk, dagelik (daily), Dutch dagelijks (daily), German täglich (daily), Danish daglig (daily), Swedish daglig (daily), Icelandic daglegur (daily).


daily (not comparable)

  1. That occurs every day, or at least every working day
    • 1831, Thomas Babington Macaulay, John Bunyan
      Bunyan has told us [] that in New England his dream was the daily subject of the conversation of thousands.
  2. diurnal, by daylight, as opposed to nightly
  • journal (obsolete)
  • quotidian
Derived terms
  • daily bread
  • daily double


daily (plural dailies)

  1. Something that is produced, consumed, used, or done every day.
    1. A newspaper that is published every day.
    2. (Britain) A cleaner who comes in daily.
    3. (Britain, slang) A daily disposable.
    4. (video games) A quest in a massively multiplayer online game that can be repeated every day for cumulative rewards.
    5. (US, automotive, colloquial) A daily driver.
    6. (US, film, television) Raw, unedited footage traditionally developed overnight and viewed by the cast and crew the next day.
  • (cleaner who comes daily): daily help, daily maid (woman only)
  • (newspaper published every day): daily paper



  1. (US, automotive, colloquial) To drive an automobile frequently, on a daily basis, for regular and mundane tasks.

Etymology 2

From Middle English dayly, from Old English *dæġlīċe (found only as dæġhwāmlīċe), equivalent to day +‎ -ly.


daily (not comparable)

  1. quotidianly, every day
  2. diurnally, by daylight

See also

  • annual
  • everyday
  • hebdomadal
  • monthly
  • nightly
  • quotidian
  • weekly
  • yearly


  • Lydia, lydia, ylaid

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