easy

easy

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English

Alternative forms

  • easie (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English eesy, esy, partly from Middle English ese (ease) + -y, equivalent to ease +‎ -y, and partly from Old French aisié (eased, at ease, at leisure), past participle of aisier (to put at ease), from aise (empty space, elbow room, opportunity), of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe (not difficult, easy), from Old English ēaþe, īeþe (easy, smooth, not difficult), from Proto-Germanic *auþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *aut- (empty, lonely). Compare also Old Saxon ōþi (easy, vacant, empty), Old High German ōdi (easy, effortless, vacant, empty), Old Norse auðr (easy, vacant, empty). More at ease, eath.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈiːzi/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈizi/
  • Rhymes: -iːzi

Adjective

easy (comparative easier or more easy, superlative easiest or most easy)

  1. (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
  2. Requiring little skill or effort.
  3. Causing ease; giving comfort, or freedom from care or labour.
    Rich people live in easy circumstances.
    an easy chair
  4. Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth.
    easy manners; an easy style
    • Alexander Pope
      the easy vigour of a line
  5. (informal, derogatory, of a person) Consenting readily to sex.
  6. Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; compliant.
    • Dryden
      He gained their easy hearts.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch.
  7. (finance, dated) Not straitened as to money matters; opposed to tight.
    The market is easy.

Synonyms

  • (comfortable): relaxed, relaxing
  • (not difficult): light, eath
  • (consenting readily to sex): fast
  • (requiring little skill or effort): soft, trivial
  • See also Thesaurus:easy

Antonyms

  • (comfortable, at ease): uneasy, anxious
  • (requiring little skill or effort): difficult, hard, uneasy, uneath, challenging

Derived terms

Related terms

  • ease

Translations

Adverb

easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. In a relaxed or casual manner.
  2. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
  3. Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
  4. Not difficult, not hard. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Derived terms

  • breathe easy

Noun

easy (plural easies)

  1. Something that is easy

Verb

easy (third-person singular simple present easies, present participle easying, simple past and past participle easied)

  1. (rowing) Synonym of easy-oar

Anagrams

  • Ayes, Saye, Seay, ayes, eyas, saye, yaes, yeas

Middle English

Adjective

easy

  1. Alternative form of esy

Adverb

easy

  1. Alternative form of esy

References

  • “esi (adv.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 21 June 2018.
  • “esi (adj.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 21 June 2018.

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