[ ee-zee ]
/ ˈi zi /
adjective, eas·i·er, eas·i·est.
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.
Words nearby easy
Origin of easy
1150–1200; Middle English aisie, esy < Anglo-French (a)eisie, Old French aisié, aised, past participle of aisier to ease
SYNONYMS FOR easy
OTHER WORDS FROM easyeas·y·like, adjectiveo·ver·eas·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for easies
/ (ˈiːzɪ) /
adjective easier or easiest
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
verb easies, easying or easied
Also: easy-oar (usually imperative) to stop rowing
Word Origin for easy
C12: from Old French aisié, past participle of aisier to relieve, ease
usage for easy
Easy is not used as an adverb by careful speakers and writers except in certain set phrases: to take it easy; easy does it. Where a fixed expression is not involved, the usual adverbial form of easily is preferred: this polish goes on more easily (not easier) than the other
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Idioms and Phrases with easies
In addition to the idioms beginning with easy
- easy as pie
- easy come, easy go
- easy does it
- easy money
- easy on the eyes
- easy sledding
- easy street, on
- breathe easy
- free and easy
- get off (easy)
- go easy
- let someone down easy
- on easy street
- take it easy
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