adjective, eas·i·er, eas·i·est.
- not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort: a book that is easy to read; an easy victory.
- free from pain, discomfort, worry, or care: He led an easy life.
- providing or conducive to ease or comfort; comfortable: an easy stance; an easy relationship.
- fond of or given to ease; easygoing: an easy disposition.
- not harsh or strict; lenient: an easy master.
- not burdensome or oppressive: easy terms on a loan.
- not difficult to influence or overcome; compliant: an easy prey; an easy mark.
- free from formality, constraint, or embarrassment: He has an easy manner.
- effortlessly clear and fluent: an easy style of writing.
- readily comprehended or mastered: an easy language to learn.
- not tight or constricting: an easy fit.
- not forced or hurried; moderate: an easy pace.
- not steep; gradual: an easy flight of stairs.
- (of a commodity) not difficult to obtain; in plentiful supply and often weak in price.
- (of the market) not characterized by eager demand.
- (of a bilge) formed in a long curve so as to make a gradual transition between the bottom and sides of a vessel; slack.
- (of the run of a hull) having gently curved surfaces leading from the middle body to the stern; not abrupt.
- Informal. in an easy manner; comfortably: to go easy; take it easy.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter E.
adjective easier or easiest
- not requiring much labour or effort; not difficult; simplean easy job
- free from pain, care, or anxietyeasy in one’s mind
- not harsh or restricting; lenienteasy laws
- tolerant and undemanding; easy-goingan easy disposition
- readily influenced or persuaded; pliantshe was an easy victim of his wiles
- not tight or constricting; loosean easy fit
- not strained or extreme; moderate; gentlean easy pace; an easy ascent
- readily obtainable
- (of a market) characterized by low demand or excess supply with prices tending to fallCompare tight (def. 10)
- informal ready to fall in with any suggestion made; not predisposedhe is easy about what to do
- slang sexually available
- easy on the eye informal pleasant to look at; attractive, esp sexually
- woman of easy virtue a sexually available woman, esp a prostitute
- informal in an easy or relaxed manner
- easy does it informal go slowly and carefully; be careful
- go easy on
- to use in moderation
- to treat leniently
- stand easy military a command to soldiers standing at ease that they may relax further
- take it easy
- to avoid stress or undue hurry
- to remain calm; not become agitated or angry
verb easies, easying or easied
- Also: easy-oar (usually imperative) to stop rowing
c.1200, “at ease,” from Old French aisie “comfortable, at ease, rich, well-off” (Modern French aisé), past participle of aisier “to put at ease,” from aise (see ease).
Sense of “not difficult to deal with” is mid-14c.; of conditions, “comfortable,” late 14c. The concept of “not difficult” was expressed in Old English and early Middle English by eaþe (adv.), ieþe (adj.), apparently common West Germanic, but of disputed origin. Easy Street first printed 1901 in “Peck’s Red-Headed Boy.” Easy money attested by 1896; to take it easy “relax” is from 1867; easy does it recorded by 1891. Easy rider (1912) was U.S. black slang for “sexually satisfying lover.” The easy listening radio format is from 1965, defined by William Safire (in 1986) as, “the music of the 60’s played in the 80’s with the style of the 40’s.” Related: Easier; easiest.
In addition to the idioms beginning with easy
- easy as pie
- easy come, easy go
- easy does it
- easy money
- easy on the eyes
- easy sledding
- easy street, on
- breathe easy
- free and easy
- get off (easy)
- go easy
- let someone down easy
- on easy street
- take it easy