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Formal vs. Casual

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  • Formal (adjective)

    Being in accord with established forms.

    "She spoke formal English, without any dialect."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Official.

    "I'd like to make a formal complaint."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Relating to the form or structure of something.

    "Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Relating to formation.

    "The formal stage is a critical part of any child's development."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Ceremonial or traditional.

    "Formal wear must be worn at my wedding!"

  • Formal (adjective)

    Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.

    "He's always very formal, and I wish he'd relax a bit."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Organized; well-structured and planned.

    "When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse."

  • Formal (adjective)

    Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.

    "Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence."

  • Formal (noun)

    Formalin.

  • Formal (noun)

    An evening gown.

  • Formal (noun)

    An event with a formal dress code.

    "Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal."

  • Formal (noun)

    A formal parameter.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Happening by chance.

    "They only had casual meetings."

  • Casual (adjective)

    Coming without regularity; occasional or incidental.

    "The purchase of donuts was just a casual expense."

  • Casual (adjective)

    Employed irregularly.

    "He was just a casual worker."

  • Casual (adjective)

    Careless.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Happening or coming to pass without design.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Informal, relaxed.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Designed for informal or everyday use.

  • Casual (noun)

    A worker who is only working for a company occasionally, not as its permanent employee.

  • Casual (noun)

    A soldier temporarily at a place of duty, usually en route to another place of duty.

  • Casual (noun)

    A member of a group of football hooligans who wear expensive designer clothing to avoid police attention; see Casual (subculture).

  • Casual (noun)

    One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.

  • Casual (noun)

    A player of casual games.

    "The devs dumbed the game down so the casuals could enjoy it."

  • Casual (noun)

    (dated) A tramp.

Wiktionary
Oxford Dictionary
  • Formal (noun)

    See Methylal.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance, or organization of a thing.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished from the matter composing it; having the power of making a thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as, he gave his formal consent.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in his dress, his gait, his conversation.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal courtesy, etc.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Dependent in form; conventional.

  • Formal (adjective)

    Sound; normal.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Happening or coming to pass without design, and without being foreseen or expected; accidental; fortuitous; coming by chance.

  • Casual (adjective)

    Coming without regularity; occasional; incidental; as, casual expenses.

  • Casual (noun)

    One who receives relief for a night in a parish to which he does not belong; a vagrant.

Webster Dictionary
  • Formal (adjective)

    being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress);

    "pay one's formal respects"

    "formal dress"

    "a formal ball"

    "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"

    "a formal education"

  • Formal (adjective)

    characteristic of or befitting a person in authority;

    "formal duties"

    "an official banquet"

  • Formal (adjective)

    (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms;

    "the paper was written in formal English"

  • Formal (adjective)

    represented in simplified or symbolic form

  • Formal (adjective)

    logically deductive;

    "formal proof"

  • Formal (adjective)

    refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court;

    "a courtly gentleman"

  • Casual (adjective)

    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"

  • Casual (adjective)

    without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand;

    "a casual remark"

    "information collected by casual methods and in their spare time"

  • Casual (adjective)

    suited for everyday use;

    "casual clothes"

    "everyday clothes"

  • Casual (adjective)

    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"

  • Casual (adjective)

    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"

  • Casual (adjective)

    employed in a specified capacity from time to time;

    "casual employment"

    "a casual correspondence with a former teacher"

    "an occasional worker"

  • Casual (adjective)

    characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility;

    "a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"

  • Casual (adjective)

    natural and unstudied;

    "using their Christian names in a casual way"

    "lectured in a free-and-easy style"

  • Casual (adjective)

    not showing effort or strain;

    "a difficult feat performed with casual mastery"

    "careless grace"

Princeton's WordNet

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