Complete Definition of "random"

English

Pronunciation
AHD|răn'dəm, IPA|/ˈrændəm/, SAMPA|/"r{[email protected]/

Etymology
From OF. randon, from randir to gallop, of Germanic origin. Used in English since the 14th Century.

Adjective
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  1. All outcomes being equally probable

#: He arranged the cards in random order.

  1. <!--def 2-->Unpredictable

#: The outcome of a fair coin flip is random.

  1. <!--def 3-->Lacking statistical correlation.

#: The results look random by several different measures.

  1. <!--def 4-->Having apparent lack of plan, cause or reason

#: The narrative takes a random course.

  1. <!--def 5-->colloquial Apropos of nothing; lacking context

#: That was a completely random comment.
#: The teacher's bartending story was interesting, but random.

  1. <!--def 6--> colloquial From the population at large

#: I don't want random people to be able to access this account.
#: I know I must seem completely random right now. I'm just nervous about asking you out.

  1. <!--def 7--> colloquial absurd, unexpected, humorous

#: What you just said was so random.

  1. <!--def 8-->colloquial Undistinguished, average, common. Originated in hacker's slang. Source: w:Jargon File|Jargon File
  2. <!--def 9--> (colloquial, probably US only) Lacking poise

Translations
trans-top|all outcomes being equally probable
Czech: náhodný m
Danish: tilfældig
Dutch: toevallig
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Finnish: satunnainen
Russian: случайный (slučájnyj)
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trans-top|unpredictable
Afrikaans: na willekeur
Danish: tilfældig
Dutch: willekeurig, toevallig
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Finnish: satunnainen, ennustamaton
Russian: случайный (slučájnyj)
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trans-top|lacking statistical correlation
Danish: tilfældig
Dutch: toevallig
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Finnish: satunnainen
Russian: случайный (slučájnyj)
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trans-top|having apparent lack of plan, cause or reason
Danish: vilkårlig
Finnish: satunnainen
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Russian: случайный (slučájnyj), произвольный (proizvól'nyj)
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trans-top|apropos of nothing
Danish: overflødig, ligegyldig
Finnish: satunnainen, asiaankuulumaton, irrallinen
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Russian: неуместный (n'eum'éstnyj)
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trans-top|from population at large
Finnish: tavallinen, kuka tahansa, asiaton
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trans-top|absurd, unexpected, humorous
Finnish: huvittava
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trans-top|undistinguished, average, common
Finnish: tavallinen
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trans-top|lacking poise
Finnish: tasapainoton
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Arabic: ARchar|عشوائي (ʕashwā'ī)
ttbc|Catalan: aleatori
ttbc|French: accidentel, imprévisible (1), au hasard, aléatoire (2), arbitraire
ttbc|German: zufällig
ttbc|Hebrew: אקראי (A'kra'i) m, אקראית (A'kra'it) f
ttbc|Hindi: यादृच्छिक (yaadhRchChika)
ttbc|Irish: fánach
ttbc|Italian: casuale, aleatorio m, aleatoria f
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ttbc|Malay: rambang
ttbc|Norwegian: tilfeldig (1-6)
ttbc|Portuguese: acidental, aleatório
ttbc|Romanian: aleatoriu
ttbc|Slovak: náhodný m, náhodná f, náhodné n
ttbc|Spanish: aleatorio
ttbc|Swedish: slumpvis (1,4), slumpmässig (1,4)
ttbc|Telugu: యాధృచ్ఛిక (yaadhRchChika) (1, 2, 3, 4)
ttbc|Thai: การสุ่ม (karn-suum)
ttbc|Turkish: rasgele,gelisiguzel (1-5)
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Noun
en-noun

  1. colloquial An undefined, unknown or unimportant person; a person of no consequence.

#: The party was boring. It was full of randoms.

Translations
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trans-top|unimportant person
Finnish: tavis
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Related terms
arbitrary
at random
non-random
pseudorandom
random number
randomise, randomize
randomness
randomnitude
randomology
randomosity
stochastic

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