Definition of rando in US English:


nounPlural randos

  • A person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behavior.

    ‘some rando asked to take her photo’
    ‘getting yelled at by randos doesn't bother me’
    • ‘Don't ever take anything from some rando on the streets of Gotham.’
    • ‘After a few encounters, I never found it appealing to talk to a rando again.’
    • ‘Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday?’
    • ‘Caroline and Stefan were still just hanging around a college bar tormenting randos for fun.’
    • ‘I tend to talk to randos lots though.’
    • ‘He is not cheating on you or flirting with randos online.’
    • ‘From there, he was off to different parts of New York and the country, looking for the right randos to photograph.’
    • ‘It's no longer just the randos or long-lost childhood acquaintances who show up on your FB feed.’
    • ‘Why would I go to your party, you rando?’
    • ‘They're not going to believe that this blonde chick was just a rando, and an innocent rando at that.’


  • ‘I don't want some rando dude on the street telling me he thinks I'm hot’
    short for random (sense 2 of the adjective)
    ‘on a rando Sunday I was looking for a place to chill with some friends’
    • ‘However famous a celebrity may be stateside, you can unearth a commercial they filmed for some rando foreign product on the sly.’
    • ‘I tried to get everything in there, but sorry it's so rando!’
    • ‘The family is so big because the dad, Mike, kind of gets married to some rando woman who has three kids of her own.’
    • ‘By "party," he means it was literally me and like 5 rando people who had also just wandered into my apartment because I had beer.’
    • ‘I sleep any time I don't have caffeine jetting through my veins, but it's pretty rando.’
    • ‘You're just asking for more trouble than help by seeking rando suggestions online.’
    • ‘Then rando gossip magazines followed suit and here we are again.’
    • ‘It's about some rando guy who lives in a cabin even though he doesn't appear to serve any point on the show.’
    • ‘Right now, the way comments work on YouTube is that the last rando person who said anything is featured up toward the top.’
    • ‘Regina answered a few questions and a rando lady ran into the room and put a baby in her lap.’


Early 21st century: shortening of random.