\ ˈē-zē \
easier; easiest

Definition of easy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort within easy reach

b : requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection easy clichés

2a : not severe : lenient hopes they'll be easy on him

b : not steep or abrupt easy slopes

c : not difficult to endure or undergo an easy penalty

d : readily taken advantage of an easy target for takeovers an easy mark for con men

e(1) : readily available easy pickings

(2) : plentiful in supply at low or declining interest rates easy money

(3) : less in demand and usually lower in price bonds were easier

f : pleasant easy listening

g : sexually promiscuous

3a : marked by peace and comfort the easy life of a courtier

b : not hurried or strenuous an easy pace

4a : free from pain, annoyance, or anxiety did all she could to make him easier

b : marked by social ease an air of easy assurance

c : easygoing an easy disposition

5a : giving ease, comfort, or relaxation

b : not burdensome or straitened bought on easy terms

c : fitting comfortably : allowing freedom of movement easy jackets

d : marked by ready facility an easy flowing style

e : felt or attained to readily, naturally, and spontaneously an easy smile


easier; easiest

Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : easily sense 1 promises come easy

2 : without undue speed or excitement take it easy

3a : without worry or care rest easy

b : without a severe penalty got off easy

c : without violent movement the boat rode easy

4 : easily sense 2 cost $500 easy

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Other words from easy


easiness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for easy


easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks. an easy college course facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness. facile answers to complex questions simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent. a simple problem in arithmetic light stresses freedom from what is burdensome. a light teaching load effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness. moving with effortless grace smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles. a smooth ride

synonyms see in addition comfortable

Examples of easy in a Sentence


It's surprisingly easy to use. It was an easy decision to make. They scored an easy goal late in the game. It wasn't easy for her to leave home. There are no easy solutions to this problem. He's had an easy life. This new schedule should make our lives easier. I hope this will make things easier for you. I won't feel easy until I know that she arrived safely.


He just wants to take life easy now. we can make the trip in four hours easy
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Providing your patients with naltrexone is even easier. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, "Hey, doctors: Why aren’t you stepping up to treat people with opioid addiction?," 5 July 2018 Breathe easy and find inner-strength with its warm sounds below. Kat Bein, Billboard, "DJ Snake and Niniola Find Inspiration in Soccer On Mellow 'Maradona Riddim': Listen," 13 July 2018 Other legislation passed this year suggests there are still new frontiers for those who wish to make breastfeeding easier and more accessible. Rebecca Beitsch, The Christian Science Monitor, "All US states now allow breastfeeding in public," 13 July 2018 The technology can potentially help make blood draws much quicker and easier, especially in difficult populations: children, the elderly, the obese, and people with dark skin (whose veins are more difficult to see on the surface). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 Keeping warm and cool: Round vents in the corners offer great airflow that’s easy to direct. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 It can be used in countless sweet and savory ways to create quick and easy hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and desserts. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Puff pastry can be used in countless sweet and savory ways," 12 July 2018 Ham salad is a delicious spread that’s easy to make for lunchtime. Southern Living, "Things You'll Only Find in a Southerner's Lunch Box," 11 July 2018 The website was redesigned with the resident experience firmly in mind and offers quick and easy access to pertinent town services and information. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Jason Longwell, a 1993 graduate now serving as a Navy physician, said teachers didn’t let students off easy. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "The All-Boys High School Producing GOP Bigwigs," 11 July 2018 The inexact nature of their job, one that sometimes affords an opportunity for redemption one day after failure, ostensibly makes flushing the woes easy. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Brad Peacock rebounds in June after a rough May," 30 June 2018 Garoppolo makes another easy throw and picks up another massive chunk of yardage. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Is Jalen Ramsey downplaying Jimmy Garoppolo's performance against the Jaguars?," 26 June 2018 The service also makes sharing with friends very easy. Vivek Wadhwa And Alex Salkever, WIRED, "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?," 26 June 2018 The cockpit is well laid out, with controls easy to reach and operate, and gauges large enough to be read easily. star-telegram, "VW’s second-generation Tiguan crossover starts at $24,595, has room for up to seven," 23 June 2018 Dembele's mixture of physical presence and exceptional dribbling is an unusual one but incredibly easy on the eye, at once bulldozing midfields and dancing through them like a ballerina. SI.com, "One of a Kind: Why Replacing Mousa Dembele Will Be No Easy Task for Tottenham Hotspur," 21 June 2018 The disparity reflects the two distinct styles of play, as the Rising rely on an aggressive, high-forward line to pressure the ball and create easy attacking chances. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Phoenix Rising FC take on Tulsa Roughnecks with high expectations," 15 June 2018 Carry-ons: As easy as ABC The TSA has a nifty way to remember what's okay to bring in your carry-on bag. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "What can I bring in a carry-on bag? And other travel tips from Delta and TSA," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of easy


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for easy


Middle English esy, from Anglo-French eisé, aasié, past participle of eiser, aaisier to ease, from a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + eise ease

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English Language Learners Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not hard to do : not difficult

: free from pain, trouble, or worry

: not hurried



English Language Learners Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

: without difficulty or stress


\ ˈē-zē \
easier; easiest

Kids Definition of easy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not hard to do or get : not difficult an easy lesson

2 : not hard to please an easy teacher

3 : free from pain, trouble, or worry She had an easy life.

4 : comfortable sense 1 In easy state upon this couch, there sat a jolly Giant … —Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

5 : showing ease : natural an easy manner



Kids Definition of easy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : easily Our team should win easy.

2 : slowly and carefully or calmly Easy does it.

3 : without much punishment You got off easy.

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