Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Easy.
  • Easily.

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

  • obsolete Easy or easily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Easy; not hard or difficult.
  • adverb Easily.

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

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  • 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

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

    September 12, 2011