easy

[ ee-zee ]
/ ˈi zi /

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At school or at work or in a competition especially, if someone is taking the easy way out then it’s like they’re being lazy or they’re doing something wrong. Do we get more credit for doing something the hard way than we would the easy way?

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adjective, eas·i·er, eas·i·est.

adverb

Informal. in an easy manner; comfortably: to go easy; take it easy.

noun

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

Origin of easy

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

OTHER WORDS FROM easy

eas·y·like, adjectiveo·ver·eas·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for easy

easy
/ (ˈiːzɪ) /

adjective easier or easiest

adverb

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 easy

easy

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

also see:

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