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

  • adj. Capable of being accomplished or acquired with ease; posing no difficulty: an easy victory; an easy problem.
  • adj. Requiring or exhibiting little effort or endeavor; undemanding: took the easy way out of her problems; wasn't satisfied with easy answers.
  • adj. Free from worry, anxiety, trouble, or pain: My mind was easy, knowing that I had done my best.
  • adj. Affording comfort or relief; soothing: soft light that was easy on the eyes.
  • adj. Prosperous; well-off: easy living; easy circumstances.
  • adj. Causing little hardship or distress: an easy penalty; a habit that isn't easy to give up.
  • adj. Socially at ease: an easy, good-natured manner.
  • adj. Relaxed in attitude; easygoing: an easy disposition.
  • adj. Not strict or severe; lenient: an easy teacher; easy standards.
  • adj. Readily exploited, imposed on, or tricked: an easy mark; an easy victim.
  • adj. Not hurried or forced; moderate: an easy pace; an easy walk around the block.
  • adj. Light; gentle: an easy tap on the shoulder.
  • adj. Not steep or abrupt; gradual: an easy climb.
  • adj. Economics Less in demand and therefore readily obtainable: Commodities are easier this quarter.
  • adj. Economics Plentiful and therefore at low interest rates: easy money.
  • adj. Promiscuous; loose.
  • adv. Without haste or agitation: Relax and take it easy for a while.
  • adv. With little effort; easily: success that came too easy.
  • adv. In a restrained or moderate manner: Go easy on the butter.
  • adv. Without much hardship or cost: got off easy with only a small fine.
  • idiom easy as pie Informal Capable of being accomplished or done with no difficulty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comfortable; at ease.
  • adj. Requiring little skill or effort, soft.
  • adj. Consenting readily to sex.
  • adv. In a relaxed or casual manner
  • adv. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
  • adv. Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Easily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship
  • adj. less in demand and therefore readily obtainable
  • adj. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
  • adj. free from worry or anxiety
  • adj. posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
  • adj. marked by moderate steepness
  • adj. obtained with little effort or sacrifice, often obtained illegally
  • adv. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')
  • adj. affording comfort
  • adj. having little impact
  • adj. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
  • adv. with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily')
  • adj. readily exploited or tricked
  • adj. not hurried or forced
  • adj. affording pleasure

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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