requiring or involving no effort; displaying no signs of effort; easy: an effortless writing style.

Origin of effortless

First recorded in 1795–1805; effort + -less
Related formsef·fort·less·ly, adverbef·fort·less·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of effortless

Historical Examples of effortless

  • Its nose was to the trail, and it trotted with a peculiar, sliding, effortless gait.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • She came steadily forward with a queenly, effortless stride.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • What are the health habits that should become instinctive and effortless for every worker?

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • And at first there came on her an incredible, effortless dexterity.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • And where does he get the easy and effortless flow of his speech?

    What Is Man? And Other Stories

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for effortless



requiring or involving little effort; easy
archaic making little effort; passive
Derived Formseffortlessly, adverbeffortlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for effortless

1801, "passive," from effort + -less. Meaning "easy" is from 1831. Related: Effortlessly; effortlessness.

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