\ ˈē-zē How to pronounce easy (audio) \
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

Other Words from easy


easiness noun

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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

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Examples of easy in a Sentence

Adjective 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. Adverb 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 Back-to-back 3-pointers from Frankie Collins and Brooks, followed by a clean post move leading to an easy two by Diabate secured a 31-22 lead and momentum for U-M entering the half. Paul Nasr, Detroit Free Press, 25 Nov. 2021 Marksberry, also an English teacher at Simon Kenton, plans to take it easy for a while but doesn’t intend to retire from working. James Weber, The Enquirer, 25 Nov. 2021 To be more precise, there was no excuse for the first seven times the Zags roared down the court and converted on an easy layup, initially outscoring the Bruins 14-0 in fast-break points that quickly decided the game. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 Facilitating the offense, and finding Thomas in the low post in particular, Smith helped the Tigers get easy buckets down the stretch. Andy Yamashita, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Nov. 2021 The easy answer is Cincinnati, which remained unbeaten in a lopsided win against SMU. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 24 Nov. 2021 And so, that was an easy translation into the character. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 24 Nov. 2021 Slipping so easily off the tongue, the name is representative of easy elegance, Tom Ford-style seduction, and the individualism of Alessandro Michele. Vogue, 24 Nov. 2021 A month ago, this seemed like an easy pick in the other direction. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb These electric clippers make trimming your pet's nails so easy. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Sep. 2021 In Ready Player One, that uber platform was The OASIS, a game so easy, so intuitive, and so popular, that everyone, including its competitors, had to have a presence there. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Success has not come easy for T.D. Moultry the last few seasons. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2021 The sale is also full of tech deals, like the Roku Express 4K that makes streaming your favorite content so easy. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 1 Sep. 2021 That’s not so easy in a country where the divisions are reinforced by distance. David M. Shribman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 July 2021 So something like this, a straight line drive: way too easy. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2021 Even though there is no one-size-fits-all solution that will promote your app extra fast and easy, picking about three or four advertising channels will be a good start. Vladyslav Savchenko, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 But if Smith can’t go, Indianapolis can rest easy in its confidence in a player who’s finally found himself in the NFL. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Nov. 2021

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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 How to pronounce easy (audio) \
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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