- superlative 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 easiest
And it might be easiest of all imagining him “exploring” a candidacy for a while and then deciding the hell with it.Be the Smarter Bush Brother, Jeb: Don’t Run!
December 17, 2014
But I will say the hardest to play for me—well, one of the easiest to improvise, but also the hardest character is Liz.The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
It is this kind of abortion narrative that is easiest for people to digest, and there are many cases like this.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
One of the easiest ways to determine if a study is even worth discussing is to see where it was actually published, if at all.How to Tell When a Scientific Study Is Total B.S.
August 22, 2014
The problem, as many an emperor could confirm, is that culminating points are easiest to identify in retrospect.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It's the easiest and quickest way out of the trouble for us, and the easiest and quickest way into trouble for them.Within the Law
The easiest way to settle the question was to look at the date on the note.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
It was the easiest way, and, beyond all comparison, the properest.Little Dorrit
The smokestack is probably one of the easiest things to produce.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
- 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 easiest
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.