ef·​fort·​less | \ ˈe-fərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio) \

Definition of effortless

: showing or requiring little or no effort effortless power

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Other Words from effortless

effortlessly adverb
effortlessness 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

Examples of effortless in a Sentence

She walked with effortless grace. His writing is known for its seemingly effortless style.

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Go nuts styling this look with accessories and shoes, or keep it effortless with a simple pair of sandals. Emily Ruane, refinery29.com, "Frock Away The Monday Blues With Prime Day Dress Deals," 15 July 2019 The choreographer’s characteristic mix of fluid movement and sudden change of direction for this limb or that, effortless lifts that suggest flight, limn the bigger gestures of the music. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 Hernandez won two Premier League titles during a successful spell with Manchester United, before moving on to continue scoring goals with effortless ease at Bayer Leverkusen, earning five Bundesliga Player of the Month awards in just two years. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest CONCACAF Players of All Time," 9 July 2019 Pulling a trigger and then flipping the rear-wheel under the bike is, however, very satisfying, as is the effortless clamping of the handlebar to the frame as gravity guides it into place. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Brompton Electric bike review: remarkably practical," 2 July 2019 Each piece is smooth and pulls you in, with effortless description and character development. Nola.com | The Times-picayune, nola.com, "NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune wins 11 awards in national features journalism contest," 26 June 2019 The ashy shades will give you stylish, but effortless vibes. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "16 Super Cute Fall Hair Color Trends That Will Make You Crave a PSL," 21 June 2019 Unlike the other Tory candidates, who have promised various combinations of crowd-pleasing tax cuts and effortless Brexits to excite the Party base, Stewart has offered prudence and a measure of pain. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Rory Stewart, the Insurgent Candidate for Prime Minister, Soars Up and Out," 19 June 2019 Fails, a first-time actor, has the kind of effortless, open-hearted screen presence that would brighten even a less autobiographical narrative. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ is a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of effortless

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of effortless

: showing or needing little or no effort : appearing very easy


ef·​fort·​less | \ ˈe-fərt-ləs How to pronounce effortless (audio) \

Kids Definition of effortless

: showing or needing little or no effort She made an effortless catch.

Other Words from effortless

effortlessly adverb danced effortlessly

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