informal


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

in·for·mal

 (ĭn-fôr′məl)
adj.
1. Not formal or ceremonious; casual: an informal gathering of friends; a relaxed, informal manner.
2. Not being in accord with prescribed regulations or forms; unofficial: an informal agreement.
3. Suited for everyday wear or use: informal clothes.
4. Characterized by nontechnical vocabulary, simple sentence structure, and relatively few explicit transitions, as typified by spoken language: informal discourse.

in·for′mal·ly adv.

informal

(ɪnˈfɔːməl)
adj
1. not of a formal, official, or stiffly conventional nature: an informal luncheon.
2. appropriate to everyday life or use: informal clothes.
3. (Grammar) denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, appropriate to everyday conversational language rather than to formal written language
4. (Grammar) denoting a second-person pronoun in some languages used when the addressee is regarded as a friend or social inferior: In French the pronoun "tu" is informal, while "vous" is formal.
inˈformally adv

in•for•mal

(ɪnˈfɔr məl)

adj.
1. without formality or ceremony; casual: an informal visit.
2. not according to the prescribed, official, or customary way or manner; irregular; unofficial: informal proceedings.
3. suitable to or characteristic of casual or familiar speech or writing.
[1595–1605]
in•for′mal•ly, adv.
syn: See colloquial.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
informal - used of spoken and written language
formal - 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"
2.informal - not officially recognized or controlled; "an informal agreement"; "a loose organization of the local farmers"
unofficial - not having official authority or sanction; "a sort of unofficial mayor"; "an unofficial estimate"; "he participated in an unofficial capacity"
3.informal - used of spoken and written language
informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
unrhetorical - not rhetorical
formal - (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"
4.informal - having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere; "had a cozy chat"; "a relaxed informal manner"; "an intimate cocktail lounge"; "the small room was cozy and intimate"
friendly - characteristic of or befitting a friend; "friendly advice"; "a friendly neighborhood"; "the only friendly person here"; "a friendly host and hostess"

informal

adjective
2. relaxed, easy, comfortable, simple, natural, casual, cosy, laid-back (informal), mellow, leisurely, easy-going The house has an informal atmosphere.
relaxed formal, conventional, stiff, constrained
3. casual, comfortable, leisure, everyday, simple Most of the time she needs informal clothes.
4. unofficial, irregular, unconstrained, unceremonious an informal meeting of EU ministers
unofficial official, constrained, ceremonious

informal

adjective
1. Unconstrained by rigid standards or ceremony:
Informal: laid-back.
2. In the style of conversation:
Translations
غَيْر رَسْميغَيْرُ رَسْمِيٌّوُدّي ، غَيْر رَسْمي
neformálníneoficiálníhovorový
uformeluformel formafslappet
epävirallinen
neformalan
kötetlen
óformlegur; óhátíîleguróformlegur; talmáls-
形式ばらない
비공식적인
formalumų nesilaikymasneformalusneoficialiaineoficialumasneoficialus
brīvsneformālsneoficiāls
neoficiálny
neformalenneuradenpogovoren
informell
ไม่เป็นทางการ
konuşma dilinde kullanılanresmi olmayanteklifsiz
thân mật

informal

[ɪnˈfɔːməl] ADJ
1. (= unceremonious) [meal, clothes, atmosphere, manner] → informal; [occasion] → informal, sin etiqueta; [expression] → coloquial, familiar; [person] → informal, poco ceremonioso
dress is informalvista ropa informal, no es necesaria etiqueta
2. (= unofficial) [meeting, negotiations, visit] → informal

informal

[ɪnˈfɔːrməl] adj
(= relaxed) [person, manner] → décontracté(e); [occasion, meal] → informel(le)
She is refreshingly informal → Elle est d'une décontraction rafraîchissante.
to wear informal clothes → s'habiller décontracté
"dress informal"
"informal dress" → "tenue décontractée", "tenue de ville"
For lunch, dress is informal → Pour le déjeuner, une tenue décontractée est de mise., Pour le déjeuner, la tenue de ville est de mise.
(= unofficial) [announcement, visit, agreement] → non officiel(le); [discussions, meeting] → informel(le)
an informal visit → une visite non officielle
a series of informal discussions → une série de discussions informelles
[language, word, expression] → familier/ière

informal

adj
(esp Pol: = not official) meeting, talksnicht formell, nicht förmlich; visitinoffiziell, nicht förmlich; arrangementinoffiziell
(= simple, without ceremony) meeting, gathering, party, conversation, atmospherezwanglos, ungezwungen; manner, clothes, tone alsoleger; language, speechungezwungen, informell; restaurantgemütlich; the informal use of “du”die vertraute Anrede „du“; “dress informalzwanglose Kleidung; he is very informaler ist sehr leger

informal

[ɪnˈfɔːml] adj (person, manner) → semplice, alla mano; (tone, of letter) → non formale; (language, style) → colloquiale; (dinner, party) → fra amici; (visit, announcement, invitation) → non ufficiale; (meeting, arrangement, discussion) → informale
"dress informal" → "non è richiesto l'abito da sera"

informal

(inˈfoːml) adjective
1. not formal or official; friendly and relaxed. The two prime ministers will meet for informal discussions today; Will the party be formal or informal?; friendly, informal manners.
2. (of speech or vocabulary) used in conversation but not usually when writing formally, speaking in public etc. `Won't' and `can't' are informal forms of `will not' and `cannot'.
ˌinforˈmality (-ˈmӕ-) noun
inˈformally adverb

informal

غَيْرُ رَسْمِيٌّ neformální uformel inoffiziell ανεπίσημος informal epävirallinen informel neformalan informale 形式ばらない 비공식적인 informeel uformell nieformalny informal неформальный informell ไม่เป็นทางการ teklifsiz thân mật 非正式的
References in classic literature ?
Down they went, feeling a trifle timid, for they seldom went to parties, and informal as this little gathering was, it was an event to them.
Anywhere else in Chicago he would have stood a good chance of being arrested; but the policemen in Packingtown were apparently used to these informal movings, and contented themselves with a cursory examination now and then.
These informal parlor meetings, admitting of questions or conversation, are often the means of interesting those not commonly found at church services so I repeat, if any member of the congregation desires it and offers her hospitality, we will gladly stay and tell you more of the Lord's work.
With this difference, however, in the two cases, that the younger brother left an informal will, and the elder brother left no will at all.
Even his former Chancellor, Von Buelow, received his title of Count in this informal way.
They must have reflected, that in all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance; that a rigid adherence in such cases to the former, would render nominal and nugatory the transcendent and precious right of the people to "abolish or alter their governments as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness,"[2] since it is impossible for the people spontaneously and universally to move in concert towards their object; and it is therefore essential that such changes be instituted by some INFORMAL AND UNAUTHORIZED PROPOSITIONS, made by some patriotic and respectable citizen or number of citizens.
Joshua Rann, having a slight touch of rheumatism, did not join in the ringing of the bells this morning, and, looking on with some contempt at these informal greetings which required no official co-operation from the clerk, began to hum in his musical bass, "Oh what a joyful thing it is," by way of preluding a little to the effect he intended to produce in the wedding psalm next Sunday.
She maintained this belligerent attitude for several days, during which time a series of informal negotiations were pending, and wide alarm spread over the island.
There was an importance in the air of Richard, which would not have admitted of the ordinary informal conversation of the sheriff, without violating all the rules of consistency; and the equestrians pursued their way with great diligence, for more than a mile, in profound silence.
He accordingly made an informal overture to the President of the United States, Mr.
After about four days of the informal council, March had come to feel a sort of grotesque sublimity about these dubious figures, defiant in the twilight of danger, as if they were hunchbacks and cripples left alone to defend a town.
Possibly Beaufort, who was her match in daring, would have succeeded in bringing about a fusion; but his grand house and silk-stockinged footmen were an obstacle to informal sociability.