\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

Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all — who would think? Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "How Fraught Is Meeting With Russia? Just Ask Republican Senators," 10 July 2018 Never mind the performance and the potential of this team, its road to the final, by definition, is the easiest. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "World Cup Quarterfinal Power Rankings: Field Narrows to Powers, Surprises," 4 July 2018 That transition will be made a bit easier thanks to several members of the Carpentersville community. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville man who lost legs in boating accident getting wheelchair-friendly house from team of volunteers," 14 July 2018 Make growing your next crop easy by sowing one seed to a small pot or each section of a cell pack. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Caterpillar invasion isn't end for healthy tree," 14 July 2018 Puzzling over those data, researchers in Israel turned the mind-body question into an easier-to-measure physiological one: Would activation of the reward circuit have any effect on the immune system? Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 The tax break is an easier fit for investing in real estate rather than in companies, some venture capitalists say. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 The easiest route is via a trio of trails: Ed Riggs, Mushroom Rock and Big Balanced Rock. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Tobin Hill is in a prime position due to its geographic location, easy access to the highway and the medical center... Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Condo towers would bring taste of New York to Tobin Hill," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Answers are never easy, especially with a woman, a performer, as complex and singular as Whitney Houston. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Whitney Houston doc is raw and revealing," 5 July 2018 Meanwhile, the older brother, who also happens to have a serious girlfriend, wasn’t going to let the younger brother off easy. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Breaking up is hard to do," 4 June 2018 Lyon won’t let Ndombele go easy however, having only signed the middle man on a permanent deal this summer from Amiens, following a successful loan spell. SI.com, "RB Leipzig Reportedly Join Tottenham Hotspur in Race to Sign Lyon Starlet Tanguy Ndombele," 3 July 2018 Unlike so many of the wins in the Blazers' remarkable late-season surge, Saturday's victory came easy, without drama and without a monster individual performance. Joe Freeman, OregonLive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers beat Detroit Pistons 100-87 for 12th win in a row: Rapid Reaction," 17 Mar. 2018 But a Michelin-style dining experience doesn’t come easy, especially when prepared within the confines of an airplane kitchen. Bloomberg.com, "From Ceviche to Bechamel: How Brazil's Smallest Airline Competes," 28 Feb. 2018 His ability to recognize patterns and his acute attention to detail -- both hallmarks of autism -- make his playing the video game Rock Band look pretty easy. CBS News, "The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace," 11 Feb. 2018 But enough of an offensive lift on a night things didn't come easy on that end of the floor. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers finding new ways to use Channing Frye, asking him to fill Kevin Love's inside-outside role," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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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