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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Turner's glam was just as effortless and sophisticated. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Wears a Teeny-Tiny Mugler Dress While Promoting X-Men: Dark Phoenix," 26 Apr. 2019 Either one will make your gardening skills seem as graceful and effortless as any dancer. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 Vogueworld Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton Prove Opposites Attract All through awards season, Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton made couples style seem effortless. Vogue, "Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton Prove Opposites Attract," 11 Apr. 2019 According to Battle, Markle's Toronto home was very light, bright, and effortless, a look which was accented with more formal details and glamour. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Nursery Could Look Like This," 26 Mar. 2019 Additionally, don’t forget to brush or tease out each curl for an effortless, glam finish. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "6 Common Wig Mistakes People Make and How to Fix Them," 21 Mar. 2019 One actor's constant struggle is another's effortless gift. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Lyric Ross on Why Playing Deja Is More Stressful Than Fans Know," 19 Mar. 2019 The 19-year-old slugger has been the buzz of the Grapefruit League, with effortless swings that have gone viral, including a double off the left-field wall on Sunday against the Yankees using just one hand. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Looks Like a Can’t-Miss Prospect," 4 Mar. 2019 Their aesthetic is unabashedly romantic, with dusty, rosy tones and seemingly effortless arrangements. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Putnam & Putnam, One of Fashion's Favorite Florists, Just Opened a Retail Store," 28 Feb. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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