Definitions

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  • adv. In an irregular or informal manner; without the usual forms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an informal manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an informal manner; irregularly; without the usual forms; unceremoniously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without formality
  • adv. with the use of colloquial expressions

Etymologies

informal +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After the meeting, I met privately with Secretary of State Al Haig and told him to call our ambassador in Tokyo, Mike Mansfield, and have him pass the word informally to Japanese Foreign Minister Masa-yoshi Ito, who was scheduled to make a visit to Washington in a few days, that pressure was building in Congress for passage of a bill establishing mandatory quotas.

    An American Life

  • In what is referred to informally as a hereditary republic, Bashar al-Assad has continued the tradition, with his brother and brother-in-law among those holding top positions in the army and intelligence.

    Assad Family Grip on Syria Hampers Reform

  • Whether they can successfully insist on everyone else using that name, formally or informally, is a matter of power relationships.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Shroud of Torino

  • On March 11, 2010, House Republicans agreed to a one-year moratorium on earmarks—or, as they are referred to informally—sweetheart deals.

    Young Guns : A New Generation of Conservative Leaders

  • If you like to entertain informally, as we do, you can have each person saute his own, or at least watch hungrily while you do it.

    Mariscos d'Marlo's garlic-chile shrimp: Camarones al ajillo

  • Post-millenialists I have yet to find one that calls himself a dispensationalist, which is a term informally coined by Scofieldites, which Bible post-millenialists do not use.

    thoughts on glenn greenwald & co

  • He even got his name informally applied an SEC rule.

    SEC Had Chances for Years to Expose Madoff's Alleged Ponzi Scheme

  • We also found that one-third of the college classrooms that contain both males and females are characterized by informally sex-segregated seating, patterns formed by the students themselves.

    Failing at FAIRNESS

  • The approach is referred to informally as “muddling through,” or more technically as “disjointed incrementalism.”

    THE MORAL DIMENSION

  • My subject, on which I am going to speak to you very briefly and very informally, is 'Music and Musicians'.

    Music and Musicians

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