- comparative of easy.
- not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort: a book that is easy to read; an easy victory.
- free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care: He led an easy life.
- providing or conducive to ease or comfort; comfortable: an easy stance; an easy relationship.
- fond of or given to ease; easygoing: an easy disposition.
- not harsh or strict; lenient: an easy master.
- not burdensome or oppressive: easy terms on a loan.
- not difficult to influence or overcome; compliant: an easy prey; an easy mark.
- free from formality, constraint, or embarrassment: He has an easy manner.
- effortlessly clear and fluent: an easy style of writing.
- readily comprehended or mastered: an easy language to learn.
- not tight or constricting: an easy fit.
- not forced or hurried; moderate: an easy pace.
- not steep; gradual: an easy flight of stairs.
- (of a commodity) not difficult to obtain; in plentiful supply and often weak in price.
- (of the market) not characterized by eager demand.
- (of a bilge) formed in a long curve so as to make a gradual transition between the bottom and sides of a vessel; slack.
- (of the run of a hull) having gently curved surfaces leading from the middle body to the stern; not abrupt.
- Informal. in an easy manner; comfortably: to go easy; take it easy.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter E.
Origin of easy
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Examples from the Web for easier
Finding a smuggler in Ventimiglia is easier than finding good food.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
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January 6, 2015
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Consider, too, that in this digital age, making something public is not only easier but has greater reach.Public Marriage Proposals Must Die
December 28, 2014
As it stands, the deal will ease the travel ban and trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
This deal will greatly ease a travel ban and the trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
It is easier to say what this expression is not, than what it is.
At length her head came up a little and her breathing was easier and easier.Way of the Lawless
To me, at least, the blow is easier to bear when I know that His beloved hand didn't strike it.The Conquest of Fear
"I don't see any easier way to get half a million," he said aggressively.Within the Law
The parting was easier than might have been expected, for we all rose to the occasion.The Bacillus of Beauty
- not requiring much labour or effort; not difficult; simplean easy job
- free from pain, care, or anxietyeasy in one's mind
- not harsh or restricting; lenienteasy laws
- tolerant and undemanding; easy-goingan easy disposition
- readily influenced or persuaded; pliantshe was an easy victim of his wiles
- not tight or constricting; loosean easy fit
- not strained or extreme; moderate; gentlean easy pace; an easy ascent
- readily obtainable
- (of a market) characterized by low demand or excess supply with prices tending to fallCompare tight (def. 10)
- informal ready to fall in with any suggestion made; not predisposedhe is easy about what to do
- slang sexually available
- easy on the eye informal pleasant to look at; attractive, esp sexually
- woman of easy virtue a sexually available woman, esp a prostitute
- informal in an easy or relaxed manner
- easy does it informal go slowly and carefully; be careful
- go easy on
- to use in moderation
- to treat leniently
- stand easy military a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further
- take it easy
- to avoid stress or undue hurry
- to remain calm; not become agitated or angry
- Also: easy-oar (usually imperative) to stop rowing
Word Origin and History for easier
c.1200, "at ease," from Old French aisie "comfortable, at ease, rich, well-off" (Modern French aisé), past participle of aisier "to put at ease," from aise (see ease).
Sense of "not difficult to deal with" is mid-14c.; of conditions, "comfortable," late 14c. The concept of "not difficult" was expressed in Old English and early Middle English by eaþe (adv.), ieþe (adj.), apparently common West Germanic, but of disputed origin. Easy Street first printed 1901 in "Peck's Red-Headed Boy." Easy money attested by 1896; to take it easy "relax" is from 1867; easy does it recorded by 1891. Easy rider (1912) was U.S. black slang for "sexually satisfying lover." The easy listening radio format is from 1965, defined by William Safire (in 1986) as, "the music of the 60's played in the 80's with the style of the 40's." Related: Easier; easiest.