Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Easy; not hard or difficult.
  • adv. Easily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Easy or easily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Easy.
  • Easily.

Etymologies

From Middle English ethe ("not difficult, easy"), from Old English ēaþe, īeþe ("easy, smooth, not difficult"), from Proto-Germanic *auþijaz (“easy, pleasing”), from *auþiz (“deserted, empty”), from Proto-Indo-European *aut- (“empty, lonely”). Cognate with Scots eith ("easy"), Old Saxon ōþi ("deserted, empty"), Old High German ōdi ("empty, abandoned, easy, effortless"), Middle High German öde (German öde, "blank, vacant, easy"), Old Norse auðr ("deserted, empty"), Icelandic auð ("easy"), Gothic 𐌰𐌿𐌸𐌴𐌹𐍃 (auþeis, "desolate, deserted"). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian vetëm ("alone") from vet ("his/her/their own, self"). More at easy. (Wiktionary)

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  • Don't forget the comparatives: eather, eathest.

    September 12, 2011

  • In OE, it was also a noun meaning an easy to do.
    Also can be used as a forefast (prefix) (hyphen not needed):
    eath-seen ... easily seen, clear, plain, clearly
    eath-fare ... easy to travel over
    eath-find ... easy to find, easy to be found
    eath-get ... easy to get, easily gotten
    eath-win ... easy to win, easily won, easily obtained
    ... And many more!

    September 12, 2011