synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of easy in English

English Online Dictionary. What means easy‎? What does easy mean?


Alternative forms

  • aisy (dialectal, archaic)
  • easie (obsolete)
  • eazy (eye dialect)
  • EZ (abbreviation, US, informal)


From Middle English esy, eesy, partly from Middle English ese (ease) + -y, equivalent to ease +‎ -y, and partly from Anglo-Norman eisé 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 (easy), from Old English īeþe, from Proto-Germanic *auþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éwtus (empty, lonely), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ew-. Compare also Old Saxon ōþi, Old High German ōdi, Old Norse auðr, all meaning "easy, vacant, empty." More at ease, eath.


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


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
  5. (informal, derogatory, of a woman) Consenting readily to sex.
  6. Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; compliant.
  7. (finance, dated) Not straitened as to money matters; opposed to tight.
    The market is easy.


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


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

Derived terms

Related terms

  • ease


  • Faroese: isi
  • Finnish: iisi



easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. In a relaxed or casual manner.
  2. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
  3. At the very least.

Derived terms

  • breathe easy


easy (plural easies)

  1. Something that is easy. (Can we add an example for this sense?)


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

  1. (rowing) Synonym of easy-oar


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

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of esy



  1. Alternative form of esy

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