- 1[usually before noun] done, chosen, etc. without someone deciding in advance what is going to happen, or without any regular pattern the random killing of innocent people a random sample/selection (= in which each thing has an equal chance of being chosen) The information is processed in a random order. (informal) He grabbed a random pair of jeans and an old red shirt. She dodged the random items that were on the concrete floor. I find and play a lot of random stuff—Bach, blues, bebop.
- 2 [only before noun] (informal) (especially of a person) not known or not identified Some random guy gave me a hundred bucks. You don't want some random dude telling you how to live your life.
- 3 (informal) a thing or person that is random is strange and does not make sense, often in a way that amuses or interests you Mom, you are so random! The humor is great because it's just so random and unhinged from reality.
- adverb The winning numbers are randomly selected by computer. My phone seems to turn itself off randomly.
- noun [uncountable] It introduced an element of randomness into the situation.
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