I. adjective (easier; -est) Etymology: Middle English esy, from Anglo-French eisé, aasié, past participle of eiser, aaisier to ease, from a- ad- (from Latin ad-) + eise ease Date: 13th century 1. a. causing or involving little difficulty or discomfort <
within easy reach
b. requiring or indicating little effort, thought, or reflection <
easy clichés
2. a. 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 3. a. marked by peace and comfort <
the easy life of a courtier
b. not hurried or strenuous <
an easy pace
4. a. 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
5. a. 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
easiness noun Synonyms: 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
. Synonym: see in addition comfortable. II. adverb (easier; -est) Date: 14th century 1. easily 1 <
promises come easy
2. without undue speed or excitement <
take it easy
3. a. without worry or care <
rest easy
b. without a severe penalty <
got off easy
c. without violent movement <
the boat rode easy
4. easily 2 <
cost $500 easy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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