- habitual or customary: her usual skill.
- commonly met with or observed in experience; ordinary: the usual January weather.
- commonplace; everyday: He says the usual things.
- something that is usual: He could expect only the usual.
- as usual, in the customary or usual manner: As usual, he forgot my birthday.
- of the most normal, frequent, or regular type; customarythat’s the usual sort of application to send
- ordinary or commonplace events (esp in the phrase out of the usual)
- the usual informal the habitual or usual drink, meal, etc
late 14c., from Old French usuel (late 13c.), from Late Latin usualis “ordinary,” from Latin usus “custom” (see ). The usual suspects is from a line delivered by Claude Rains (as a French police inspector) in “Casablanca” (1942).
In the normal, habitual, or accustomed way, as in As usual, he forgot to put away the milk. This idiom was first recorded in 1716. Also see business as usual.
see as usual; business as usual.