adjective, eas·i·er, eas·i·est.


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


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

Nearby words

  1. eastward,
  2. eastwardly,
  3. eastwards,
  4. eastwood,
  5. eastwood, clint,
  6. easy as pie,
  7. easy chair,
  8. easy come, easy go,
  9. easy does it,
  10. easy game

Origin of easy

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

Related formseas·y·like, adjectiveo·ver·eas·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for easy


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
  1. readily obtainable
  2. (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
  1. to use in moderation
  2. to treat leniently
stand easy military a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further
take it easy
  1. to avoid stress or undue hurry
  2. 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


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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Word Origin and History for easy



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with 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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