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easy

[ ee-zee ]

adjective

, eas·i·er [ee, -zee-er], eas·i·est [ee, -zee-ist].
  1. not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort:

    a book that is easy to read; an easy victory.

    Antonyms: difficult

  2. free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care:

    He led an easy life.

    Synonyms: untroubled, quiet, contented, comfortable, tranquil

    Antonyms: agitated

  3. providing or conducive to ease or comfort; comfortable:

    an easy stance; an easy relationship.

    Antonyms: uncomfortable

  4. fond of or given to ease; easygoing:

    an easy disposition.

  5. not harsh or strict; lenient:

    an easy master.

  6. not burdensome or oppressive:

    easy terms on a loan.

  7. not difficult to influence or overcome; compliant:

    an easy prey; an easy mark.

  8. free from formality, constraint, or embarrassment:

    He has an easy manner.

    Synonyms: unconstrained, smooth

  9. effortlessly clear and fluent:

    an easy style of writing.

  10. readily comprehended or mastered:

    an easy language to learn.

  11. not tight or constricting:

    an easy fit.

  12. not forced or hurried; moderate:

    an easy pace.

  13. not steep; gradual:

    an easy flight of stairs.

  14. Commerce.
    1. (of a commodity) not difficult to obtain; in plentiful supply and often weak in price.
    2. (of the market) not characterized by eager demand.
  15. Nautical.
    1. (of a bilge) formed in a long curve so as to make a gradual transition between the bottom and sides of a vessel; slack.
    2. (of the run of a hull) having gently curved surfaces leading from the middle body to the stern; not abrupt.


adverb

  1. Informal. in an easy manner; comfortably:

    to go easy; take it easy.

noun

  1. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter E.

easy

/ ˈiːzɪ /

adjective

  1. not requiring much labour or effort; not difficult; simple

    an easy job

  2. free from pain, care, or anxiety

    easy in one's mind

  3. not harsh or restricting; lenient

    easy laws

  4. tolerant and undemanding; easy-going

    an easy disposition

  5. readily influenced or persuaded; pliant

    she was an easy victim of his wiles

  6. not tight or constricting; loose

    an easy fit

  7. not strained or extreme; moderate; gentle

    an easy pace

    an easy ascent

  8. economics
    1. readily obtainable
    2. (of a market) characterized by low demand or excess supply with prices tending to fall Compare tight
  9. informal.
    ready to fall in with any suggestion made; not predisposed

    he is easy about what to do

  10. slang.
    sexually available
  11. easy on the eye informal.
    easy on the eye pleasant to look at; attractive, esp sexually
  12. woman of easy virtue
    woman of easy virtue a sexually available woman, esp a prostitute


adverb

  1. informal.
    in an easy or relaxed manner
  2. easy does it informal.
    easy does it go slowly and carefully; be careful
  3. go easy on
    go easy on
    1. to use in moderation
    2. to treat leniently
  4. stand easy
    stand easy military a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further
  5. take it easy
    take it easy
    1. to avoid stress or undue hurry
    2. to remain calm; not become agitated or angry

verb

  1. Alsoeasy-oar usually imperative to stop rowing

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Usage

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

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Other Words From

  • easy·like adjective
  • over·easy adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of easy1

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English aisie, esy, from Anglo-French (a)eisie, Old French aisié, aised, past participle of aisier to ease

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Word History and Origins

Origin of easy1

C12: from Old French aisié, past participle of aisier to relieve, ease

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Idioms and Phrases

  • breathe easy
  • free and easy
  • get off (easy)
  • go easy
  • let someone down easy
  • on easy street
  • take it easy

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Example Sentences

According to Mnuchin, a standalone PPP bill would be the “easiest” way to resume helping businesses.

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Also, the side handles and lid make carrying it much easier.

Second, clinicians and patients should have easy access to that information, including amounts and potential adverse effects.

It has fewer options than Zoom, which makes it easier for kids to operate, but it’s even easier to use with these handy shortcuts.

Once home values begin a one-way plummet, it’s easy for economists to see how entire communities spin out of control.

Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.

The first thing they told us was that the traffickers are now using Turkish ports, which are relatively easy to reach from Syria.

You know, when I was younger, I used to make problems for myself, like it was too easy.

They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.

This will make it easy to pour the flour mixture into the stand mixer.

A constant sense of easy balance should be developed through poising exercises.

Big Reginald took their lives at pool, and pocketed their half-crowns in an easy genial way, which almost made losing a pleasure.

The first jolt had like to have shaken me out of my hammock, but afterwards the motion was easy enough.

His Indian repute had not preceded him to such degree as to make the way easy for him through the London crowd.

The endless miles of railways, the vast apparatus of the factories, the soaring structures of the cities bear easy witness to it.

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More About Easy

What is a basic definition of easy?

Easy describes something that is not difficult and requires little effort. Easy also describes something that is not stressful. Informally, easy means in a comfortable way. Easy has many other senses as an adjective and one as a noun.

The most common sense of easy describes something that is simple and requires very little effort or work. This sense is an antonym of words such as difficult, challenging, or tough. Easily means in a way without difficulty. The word ease can mean a lack of stress or difficulty.

Real-life examples: Many things you might find easy to do were once hard until you learned to do them. Counting to five is easy once you learn to count. Finding the yellow crayon among all the blue crayons is easy once you know your colors. You no longer have to think about how to do these tasks. They are easy for you now.

Used in a sentence: She thought the math test was really easy. 

Easy also describes something that lacks stress or any other sources of discomfort. This sense usually describes a person’s life as being relaxing or free from any problems or worries.

Real-life examples: Pampered pets often lead easy lives of sleeping and eating. When you’re on vacation, life often seems relaxing and easy.

Used in a sentence: He had an easy time at work today because nobody came into the store. 

Easy is used informally to mean comfortably or without much stress or hardship. In formal writing, easily is preferred.

Real-life examples: Teachers will often go easy on students they like, meaning they won’t punish those students as harshly or will make things easier for them. If you are taking it easy, you are lounging around and not trying to work hard. If something comes easy to someone, it means they don’t need much effort to master it or complete it.

Used in a sentence: The manager went easy on the new employee, giving them a gentle warning.

Where does easy come from?

The first records of easy come from around 1150. It ultimately comes from the Old French aisier, meaning “to ease.”

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What are some other forms related to easy?

  • easier (comparative adjective)
  • easiest (superlative adjective)
  • easily (adverb)
  • easiness
  • easylike (adjective)
  • overeasy (adjective)

What are some synonyms for easy?

What are some words that share a root or word element with easy

What are some words that often get used in discussing easy?

How is easy used in real life?

Easy is a common word that is most often used to describe something that doesn’t take much effort or work to do.

 

 

Try using easy!

Is easy used correctly in the following sentence?

It was so easy for the professional chef to bake a small cake that she barely had to try.

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