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Definition 1: not formal - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where informal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress
  • an informal free-and-easy manner
  • an informal gathering of friends

(informal is similar to ...) appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions

"casual clothes" "everyday clothes"

(informal is similar to ...) natural and unstudied

"using their Christian names in a casual way" "lectured in a free-and-easy style"

(informal is similar to ...) very informal and familiar

"a folksy radio commentator" "a folksy style"

(informal is similar to ...) without ceremony or formality

"an unceremonious speech"

(means also ...) used of spoken and written language

(... are attributes of informal) a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

"the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"

Definition 2: used of spoken and written language - [adjective denoting all]

(informal is similar to ...) characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation

"wrote her letters in a colloquial style" "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of conversational English"

(informal is similar to ...) being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

"common parlance" "a vernacular term" "vernacular speakers" "the vulgar tongue of the masses" "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"

(informal is similar to ...) written in the form of or carried on by letters or correspondence

"an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs" "the epistolatory novel"

(informal is similar to ...) constituting or expressed in slang or given to the use of slang

"a slangy expression" "slangy speech"

(informal is similar to ...) not written as or intended to be literature

"subliterary works such as letters and diaries"

(informal is similar to ...) marked by lack of affectation or pedantry

"her talk was very unliterary"

(means also ...) not formal

"conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress" "an informal free-and-easy manner" "an informal gathering of friends"

(means also ...) not rhetorical

(... are attributes of informal) a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies

"the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"

Definition 3: having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where informal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had a cozy chat
  • a relaxed informal manner
  • an intimate cocktail lounge
  • the small room was cozy and intimate

Synonyms for informal in the sense of this definition

(informal is similar to ...) characteristic of or befitting a friend

"friendly advice" "a friendly neighborhood" "the only friendly person here" "a friendly host and hostess"

Definition 4: not officially recognized or controlled - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where informal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an informal agreement
  • a loose organization of the local farmers

Synonyms for informal in the sense of this definition

(informal is similar to ...) not having official authority or sanction

"a sort of unofficial mayor" "an unofficial estimate" "he participated in an unofficial capacity"

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