An easy math problem.
- An example of easy is cooking a meal without the pressure of time.
- An example of easy is a hike that continues at the same elevation.
- An example of easy is a big cozy reclining chair.
- that can be done, gotten, mastered, endured, etc. with ease; not difficult; not exacting
- characterized by insufficient effort or thought: a politician's easy answers to complex questions
- free from trouble, anxiety, pain, etc.: an easy life
- conducive to comfort or rest; comfortable: an easy carriage
- fond of comfort, ease, or idleness
- free from constraint; not stiff, awkward, or embarrassed: an easy manner
- not strict, harsh, or severe; lenient: easy terms
- readily influenced; compliant or credulous: an easy mark
- unhurried; not fast: an easy pace
- not steep; gradual: an easy descent
- in little demand: said of a commodity
- lacking firmness in prices: said of a market
- with funds plentiful and interest rates low: said of a money market
- Informal consenting to sexual activity readily and, usually, indiscriminately
Origin of easyMiddle English esi from Old French aisé, past participle of aisier (& aasié, past participle of aaisier from a- + aisier) from aise: see ease
- slowly and carefully
easy come, easy go
easy does it!
easy on the eyes
go easy onInformal
- to use or consume with restraint: go easy on the table salt
- to deal with leniently: to go easy on traffic violators
have got it easy
take it easyInformal
- to refrain from anger, haste, etc.
- to refrain from hard work; relax; rest
- a. Capable of being accomplished or acquired with ease; posing no difficulty: an easy victory; an easy problem.b. Likely to happen by accident or without intention: It's easy to slip on the wet floor. It's easy to push the wrong button.
- Requiring or exhibiting little effort or endeavor; undemanding: took the easy way out of her problems; wasn't satisfied with easy answers.
- Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain: My mind was easy, knowing that I had done my best.
- a. Affording comfort or relief; soothing: soft light that was easy on the eyes.b. Prosperous; well-off: easy living; easy circumstances.
- Causing little hardship or distress: an easy penalty; a habit that isn't easy to give up.
- Socially at ease: an easy, good-natured manner.
- a. Relaxed in attitude; easygoing: an easy disposition.b. Not strict or severe; lenient: an easy teacher; easy standards.
- Readily exploited, imposed on, or tricked: an easy mark; an easy victim.
- a. Not hurried or forced; moderate: an easy pace; an easy walk around the block.b. Light; gentle: an easy tap on the shoulder.
- Not steep or abrupt; gradual: an easy climb.
- Economics a. Less in demand and therefore readily obtainable: Commodities are easier this quarter.b. Plentiful and therefore at low interest rates: easy money.
- Promiscuous; loose.
- Without haste or agitation: Relax and take it easy for a while.
- With little effort; easily: success that came too easy.
- In a restrained or moderate manner: Go easy on the butter.
- Without much hardship or cost: got off easy with only a small fine.
Origin of easyMiddle English esi from Old French aaisie past participle of aaisier to put at ease a- to ( from Latin ad- ad- ) aise ease ; see ease .
(comparative easier, superlative easiest)
- (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
- In the middle of the room was a fluffy easy chair. Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest easy at night.
- Requiring little skill or effort.
- It's often easy to wake up but hard to get up.
- The teacher gave an easy test to her students.
- (informal, pejorative, of a person) Consenting readily to sex.
- He has a reputation for being easy; they say he slept with half the senior class.
(comparative easier, superlative easiest)
From Middle English eesy, esy, partly from Middle English ese (“ease”) + -y, equivalent to ease + -y, and partly from Old French aisié (“eased, at ease, at leisure”), past participle of aisier (“to put at ease”), from aise (“empty space, elbow room, opportunity”), of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe (“not difficult, easy”), from Old English ēaþe, īeþe (“easy, smooth, not difficult”), from Proto-Germanic *auþaz, *auþijaz (“easy, pleasing”), from *auþiz (“vacant, empty”), from Proto-Indo-European *aut- (“empty, lonely”). Compare also Old Saxon ōþi (“easy, vacant, empty”), Old High German ōdi (“easy, effortless, vacant, empty”), Old Norse auðr (“easy, vacant, empty”). More at ease, eath.