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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Examples from the Web for effortlessly

Contemporary Examples of effortlessly

Historical Examples of effortlessly

  • Effortlessly he stooped and lifted that limp body and carried it across to the stool.

  • Effortlessly he leaped over them toward the mouth of the cave on the left.

    The Beast of Space

    F.E. Hardart

  • Their faces shone with the affection she had effortlessly awakened.

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

  • Penny handled the Icicle effortlessly and without much thought.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • They floated noiselessly, effortlessly, on a beautiful sea of color.

British Dictionary definitions for effortlessly



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



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

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