from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of being accomplished or acquired with ease; posing no difficulty.
  • adjective Likely to happen by accident or without intention.
  • adjective Requiring or exhibiting little effort or endeavor; undemanding.
  • adjective Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain.
  • adjective Affording comfort or relief; soothing.
  • adjective Prosperous; well-off.
  • adjective Causing little hardship or distress.
  • adjective Socially at ease.
  • adjective Relaxed in attitude; easygoing.
  • adjective Not strict or severe; lenient.
  • adjective Readily exploited, imposed on, or tricked.
  • adjective Not hurried or forced; moderate.
  • adjective Light; gentle.
  • adjective Not steep or abrupt; gradual.
  • adjective Less in demand and therefore readily obtainable.
  • adjective Plentiful and therefore at low interest rates.
  • adjective Promiscuous; loose.
  • adverb Without haste or agitation.
  • adverb With little effort; easily.
  • adverb In a restrained or moderate manner.
  • adverb Without much hardship or cost.
  • idiom (easy as pie) Capable of being accomplished or done with no difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Easily.
  • Having ease.
  • Free from want or from solicitude as to the means of living; affording a competence without toil; comfortable: as, easy circumstances; an easy fortune.
  • Not difficult; not wearisome; giving or requiring no great labor or effort; presenting no great obstacles; not burdensome: as, an easy task; an easy question; an easy road.
  • Giving no pain, shock, or discomfort: as, an easy posture; an easy carriage; an easy trot.
  • Moderate; not pressing or straining; not exacting; indulgent: as, a ship under easy sail; an easy master.
  • Readily yielding; not difficult of persuasion; compliant; not strict: as, a woman of easy virtue.
  • Not constrained; not stiff, formal, or harsh; facile; natural: as, easy manners; an easy address; an easy style of writing.
  • Easeful; self-indulgent.
  • Light; sparing; frugal.
  • Indifferent; of rather poor quality.
  • In com., not straitened or restricted, or difficult to obtain or manage: opposed to tight: as, the money-market is easy (that is, loans may be easily procured).
  • Synonyms Untroubled, contented, satisfied.
  • Pliant, complaisant, accommodating.
  • Unconstrained, graceful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective At ease; free from pain, trouble, or constraint.
  • adjective Free from pain, distress, toil, exertion, and the like; quiet.
  • adjective Free from care, responsibility, discontent, and the like; not anxious; tranquil.
  • adjective Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth
  • adjective Not causing, or attended with, pain or disquiet, or much exertion; affording ease or rest.
  • adjective Not difficult; requiring little labor or effort; slight; inconsiderable
  • adjective Causing ease; giving freedom from care or labor; furnishing comfort; commodious
  • adjective Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; complying; ready.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English esi, from Old French aaisie, past participle of aaisier, to put at ease : a-, to (from Latin ad-, ad-) + aise, ease; see ease.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English esy, aisie ("eased, at ease, at leisure"), from Old French aisie ("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 ("not difficult, easy"), from Old English ēaþe, īeþe ("easy, smooth, not difficult"), from Proto-Germanic *auþaz, *auþijaz (“easy, pleasing”), from *auþiz (“vacant, empty”), 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.


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