Definition of easy in English:

easy

adjectiveeasier, easiest

  • 1Achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties.

    ‘an easy way of retrieving information’
    • ‘It will not be easy for Lin to achieve his aim, but setbacks just seem to spur him on.’
    • ‘Reivin was dodging using very little effort, as if this was all far too easy for him.’
    • ‘He said it was easy for politicians to make spending promises but more difficult to find the money.’
    • ‘The real difficulty is that it's very easy for someone to mess up these predictions.’
    • ‘We found this unit relatively easy to use.’
    • ‘Usually, I find it fairly easy to find a representative sample of a photographer's work.’
    • ‘We hear a lot about how it has become too easy to get into university these days.’
    • ‘I encountered no glitches in my testing, and found it fairly easy to use.’
    • ‘The recovery environment will boot and present a menu system that is fairly easy to navigate.’
    • ‘But it is surprisingly easy to forget what you spend in a day.’
    • ‘It is easy to tell who is really serious about the profession.’
    • ‘Butterflies are attracted to brightly colored, sweet-smelling flowers that allow them easy access.’
    • ‘The pages will be ordered by category to allow easy access by the user.’
    • ‘However, working in the film industry is no easy task, confesses Rocky.’
    • ‘The upper half of the deck is placed within easy reach of all players.’
    • ‘While finding a partner or date is hard, maintaining the relationship should be easy.’
    • ‘With so many people to choose from, booking several dates in a short amount of time is easy.’
    • ‘That seems to be the easy way out - and just what many of the far right would like to see happen.’
    • ‘It's easy to see why the candidates are so eager talk about anything other than marriage.’
    • ‘Capturing and holding the attention of a classroom for an entire lecture period is no easy task.’
    uncomplicated, not difficult, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, effortless, painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing
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  • 2(of a period of time or way of life) free from worries or problems.

    ‘promises of an easy life in the New World’
    • ‘Bristol is an easy weekend trip from Scotland, and city-centre hotels at the right price do not come much better than this one.’
    • ‘It won't be an easy summer for Ridsdale, but unlike the next manager, he can be sure he'll be there this time next year.’
    • ‘Now that competition has been introduced into the tertiary system, the easy days are over.’
    • ‘Mr Heavens said it had not been an easy year from that point of view.’
    • ‘It has not been an easy year and can only be described as a ‘roller coaster’ of emotion.’
    • ‘Law is not expecting an easy season, though, despite Lancashire's drop in status.’
    • ‘The second day we had an easy day to let us get accustomed to the eight hour time difference.’
    • ‘We found ourselves standing on a threshold one easy summer evening, looking at the stars.’
    • ‘It hasn't been an easy day for the governors, so great to see you here.’
    • ‘These are not easy days, for sitting shiva is emotionally and physically draining.’
    • ‘Monaco is a special race on the Formula One calendar and Schumacher does not expect an easy weekend ahead.’
    • ‘The rally was a new event for everyone and it's not been an easy weekend.’
    • ‘Fourteen is not an easy age and getting your children into the right frame of mind for these tests can be difficult.’
    • ‘He looked set for an easy season after early domination, but a slump in his form mid-season made a race of it.’
    • ‘Those first few years weren't easy, but I kept the club up in difficult circumstances.’
    • ‘The house in the suburbs, the sense of life being easy and calm, it was a little dull but fulfilling.’
    • ‘He swears life was easy until he headed out into the world to make it by just being himself.’
    • ‘In many ways, life is too easy for those American developers.’
    • ‘And things aren't always easy for famous people like my dad.’
    • ‘Life has not always been easy for the 41-year-old, who was born in Bolton but grew up in Edinburgh.’
    calm, tranquil, serene, quiet, peaceful, trouble-free, untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, contented, relaxed, comfortable, secure, safe
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    1. 2.1(of a person) lacking anxiety or awkwardness; relaxed.
      ‘her easy and agreeable manner’
      ‘he never felt easy with her’
      • ‘He is so easy with it that like a general who has always won battles, he has won loud applause from the audience after each show.’
      • ‘There are kids riding horses and dogs chasing sticks yet we're all easy like Sunday morning.’
      • ‘I'm easy, either way, just so long as we don't have to go back and live in Wales again.’
      natural, casual, informal, unceremonious, unreserved, uninhibited, unconstrained, unforced, unaffected, free and easy, easy-going, familiar, amiable, affable, genial, congenial, agreeable, good-humoured
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  • 3(of an object of attack or criticism) having no defence; vulnerable.

    ‘as a taxi driver he was an easy target’
    • ‘So often the local authorities are an easy target for criticism, sometimes unfair and unjustified.’
    • ‘They concluded that the generators would be an easy target for a terrorist attack of enormous consequence.’
    • ‘Being slow does make them easy targets and one RAAF aircraft has come under attack in Baghdad.’
    • ‘He's an easy target and they all laid into him with predictable criticism for being out of touch and old fashioned.’
    • ‘It is an easy point of criticism Larry, but the problem with family violence is the hidden nature of it.’
    • ‘It is thought that the attacker preyed on him because he thought he was an easy target.’
    • ‘It is this false sense of security that makes them such easy targets.’
    • ‘During WWII, neon was ordered off, for fear it would make easy bombing targets.’
    • ‘Police had also warned candidates not to extend election meetings late into the night as it would make them easy targets for assassins.’
    • ‘I know as I've done it in other big games on the world stage, but referees always have been, and always will be, easy targets.’
    • ‘Part of the reason is that the lunch programs are an easy target for political special interests.’
    • ‘You searched for premises which were comparatively easy targets.’
    • ‘Orkney has become a possible easy target for smugglers because of the lack of permanent Customs cover in the islands’
    • ‘Thanks to harassed arts writers looking for easy targets, mime traditionally gets a bit of a kicking at the festival.’
    • ‘The stretch of 62 kilometers of the outer ring road has been a haunt for criminals who find easy targets.’
    • ‘Everyone who has played them has regarded them as an easy target.’
    • ‘His step mum believes his condition could make him an easy target.’
    • ‘Pedigree dogs worth hundreds of pounds are being seen as an easy target by criminals who sell them on at bargain prices to new owners.’
    • ‘I look like easy pickings for the local bullies, but I'm not.’
    • ‘Mr Weston, a lifelong biker, said: " Bikers are easy pickings.’
    vulnerable, susceptible, exploitable, defenceless, naive, gullible, trusting, credulous, impressionable
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    1. 3.1informal, derogatory (of a woman) very receptive to sexual advances.
      ‘her reputation at school for being easy’
      • ‘They thought she was easy, that they could buy her a drink and then get into her pants at the end of the night.’
      • ‘Yet she wasn't easy like some of the girls hanging out around Soho at that time.’
      • ‘Nobody is going to think you're easy, in fact they will probably think you are sensible and cautious.’
      • ‘Just ‘cause I'm pregnant doesn't mean I'm easy!’’
      • ‘I can't believe how harsh some people are about me trying to get it on with Daniel just because I'd had a little too much to drink doesn't mean that I'm easy.’
      • ‘I think I'm funny, smart, attractive, vivacious; does that mean guys automatically think I'm easy?’
      • ‘He must think I'm such a slut, that I'm easy white trash.’
      promiscuous, sexually indiscriminate, free with one's favours, of easy virtue, unchaste, loose, wanton, abandoned, licentious, dissolute, dissipated, debauched
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adverb

US archaic, informal
  • Without difficulty or effort.

    ‘we all scared real easy in those days’
    • ‘It was the first time she ever gave me a real compliment, and I was surprised how easy it came to her lips.’
    • ‘We were playing basketball just dribbling it easy along the graffiti lot.’
    • ‘He found the looking glass easy enough, though why it was intact he couldn't say.’

exclamation

  • Be careful.

    ‘easy, girl—you'll knock me over!’

Phrases

    be easier said than done
    • Be more easily talked about than put into practice.

      ‘going on an economy drive is easier said than done’
      • ‘This is often easier said than done because it takes practice and commitment.’
      • ‘I know, it's easier said than done, but it is something to aim for.’
      • ‘At the other end the Westport forwards will have to step up to the plate in a big way but that's easier said than done against the Nallens and company.’
      • ‘Putting quality on to the nation's screens (and into the nation's radio speakers) is easier said than done.’
      • ‘Indeed, to cultivate altruism is easier said than done and to do away with time-honoured beliefs is almost hopeless.’
      • ‘The problem is that growing protein crystals is a lot easier said than done - at least on terra firma.’
      • ‘Forty years' experience has shown this is easier said than done, but surely it's possible.’
      • ‘Though I know that is easier said than done, I can support that goal as an ideal.’
      • ‘Because inactivity weakens the back muscles, pain sufferers should stay active, but it is sometimes easier said than done.’
      • ‘The etiquette rule is to use the furthest outside one as the different courses are served, but that is easier said than done.’
    easy does it
    • Used to advise someone to approach a task carefully and slowly.

      ‘with father's wine in the back I mustn't drive too fast, so easy does it’
      • ‘Easy, easy does it, not too much, just a little bit more.’
      • ‘So easy does it with the imagery from now on, I promise.’
      • ‘Whether your sending out a quick ‘hello’ or ‘meet us here later’, it's easy does it all the way.’
      • ‘Carter shushed her, ‘Hey, easy does it there, Laura.’’
      • ‘‘Whoa, easy does it,’ stated the man Jasper had so uncharacteristically bashed into.’
    easy on the eye (or ear)
    informal
    • Pleasant to look at (or listen to)

      ‘a charming village that is easy on the eye’
      • ‘The paintings are easy on the eye and very pleasant but we think that the artist is stopping short of something quite extraordinary.’
      • ‘The teenage appeal doubtless springs from the fact that all of the boys are pretty easy on the eye, but that's as far as the similarities go.’
      • ‘Both the cut scenes and in-game animation are quite smooth and generally pretty easy on the eye.’
      • ‘Thankfully, there was a diving team on hand to make sure none of us drowned - and they were all pretty easy on the eye.’
      • ‘We wanted people who are easy on the eye, who are really good actors, who are still in their 20s and who were available.’
      • ‘Neighbours of two new futuristic ‘solar dwellings’ have been warned that the environmentally-friendly properties may not be so easy on the eye.’
      • ‘Manicured lawns, weeded borders and pruned shrubs may be easy on the eye, but they're not necessarily great for encouraging wildlife.’
      • ‘Invested with 16 years of research, the trainers are not only easy on the eye but they're also alleged to help you exercise more efficiently.’
      • ‘Clean lines punctuated with specimen plants are ideal not only because they are easy on the eye, but they also have the practical benefit of aiding security.’
      • ‘My two nearest neighbours are rather nice chaps who also happen to be exceptionally easy on the eye.’
    have it easy
    informal
    • Have no difficulties; be fortunate.

      ‘they have had it easy for too long and have become complacent’
      • ‘The Bay Area is a fortunate place with plentiful resources so we kind of have it easy.’
      • ‘There is no single country that is having it easy.’
      • ‘Despite the expected traffic jams, potential electrical brown-outs and terrorist threats, modern Olympians and spectators have it easy, compared to their ancient counterparts.’
      • ‘They didn't have it easy because I am quite an impatient person when it comes to training, I just want to do as much as I can.’
      • ‘The girls who walked the ramp on Monday had to answer questions about every thing from history, philosophy to music and clearly they did not have it easy.’
      • ‘By comparison with my days of school report writing (all had to be written by hand, in permanent ink), teachers of today have it easy.’
      • ‘A sense of failure is a horrible feeling, especially to someone like me who's always had it easy, and never really failed a subject at school.’
      • ‘Blige, who grew up in the projects, has never had it easy, and the tough times remain embedded in her lyrics.’
      • ‘My guess is that throughout the early to mid 1990s Labour had it easy.’
      • ‘But for the life of me, I can't see how anybody in their right mind could possibly think she's had it easy.’
    go (or be) easy on
    informal
    • 1Refrain from being harsh with or critical of (someone)

      ‘go easy on him, Rory, he's only little’
      • ‘I think the press wants a good story, and they don't sit and think about who we're going to be easy on, who we're going to be hard on.’
      • ‘‘Don't you play games with me, now tell me and we'll go easy on you… well easier,’ Toby growled.’
      • ‘She's still nice and went easy on all the amateur performers.’
      • ‘I don't know why I went easy on them in my previous posts, as I wanted to share all the things they do poorly when I posted recaps.’
      • ‘Jack was livid but went easy on him as Frank bursts into tears quite readily now after the rough handling he got on the culture review.’
      • ‘The students were polite and went easy on the coach who was sacked earlier this season.’
      • ‘I was easy on him the week before the race and he was a good bit off full fitness.’
      • ‘Authorities will most likely resist any deal which may create a perception that they've gone easy on a person convicted for drug trafficking.’
      • ‘For what it's worth, I don't think Jay has gone easy on Arnold in the monologues but he has certainly left himself wide open to the charge.’
      • ‘Good leadership isn't about pandering to your troops and going easy on them - it's about training them to standard so they come alive from combat.’
    • 2Be sparing in one's use or consumption of.

      ‘go easy on fatty foods’
      • ‘Club heroes watch what they eat, go easy on the drink and refrain from cigarettes.’
      • ‘Counterintuitive though this may seem, many individuals get good control over cholesterol by going easy on their consumption of bread, potatoes, rice and pasta.’
      • ‘Snuggle if you can, and go easy on the drink - don't give him an excuse to say it was a mistake.’
      • ‘Considering I was supposed to be going easy on the carbs this week, this is bad.’
      • ‘Also, go easy on how much protein you eat, since large amounts can block calcium absorption.’
      • ‘In fact, the traditional English favorite, Yorkshire Pudding, was the way that farmers wives filled the family up on a wad of bread so that they went easy on the expensive meat.’
    easy come, easy go
    • Used especially in spoken English to indicate that a relationship or possession acquired without effort may be abandoned or lost without regret.

      • ‘A job, a relationship, my savings account: It was easy come, easy go.’
      • ‘They've won fame rather than worked for it, and they've treated it pretty much like Viv Nicholson handled her pools win - easy come, easy go.’
      • ‘For him, allegations are easy come, easy go.’
      • ‘They nick them too, but I think easy come, easy go.’
    I'm easy
    informal
    • Said by someone when offered a choice to indicate that they have no particular preference.

      • ‘I enjoy producing things people like and can play in… I get a kick out of it and as long as I can break even, I'm easy.’
      • ‘There are a lot of good ways to do so - I'm easy like that.’
      • ‘If you don't want it to work, that's ok, I'm easy, I don't mind.’
    sleep (or rest) easy
    • Go to sleep without (or be untroubled by) worries.

      ‘this insurance policy will let you rest easy’
      • ‘A Ladbrokes spokesman said: ‘It looks like all the bookies will be sleeping easy in their beds on Christmas morning.’’
      • ‘That's not my fight, and I'll sleep easy tonight knowing that I've answered the call of duty with an extra topping of usefulness.’
      • ‘How this person can sleep easy at night is beyond me.’
      • ‘They can sleep easy at night, burying thoughts that intruders may compromise their privacy.’
      • ‘Now you can sleep easy, safe in the knowledge that someone in a position of power is promoting your agenda.’
      • ‘Can we sleep easy at nights knowing that people are being paid sweatshop wages for our benefit?’
      • ‘Regardless of what the polls might indicate, citizens are no longer resting easy in the belief that their government can be trusted to protect their interests.’
      • ‘If you were worried that the band had lost their touch, that they just weren't capable of making a good album, you can rest easy.’
      • ‘But on the basis of present evidence we can rest easy.’
      • ‘The Home Secretary can rest easy in his bed tonight.’
    of easy virtue
    dated
    • (of a woman) very receptive to sexual advances.

      ‘critics who believed that as a painter she must be a woman of easy virtue’
      • ‘‘Most of the money was spent on booze and women of easy virtue - whores in other words,’ he told me in an interview.’
      • ‘Beautiful and well-bred, she suffered the hostile treatment of critics who believed that as a painter she must be a woman of easy virtue.’
      • ‘She speaks of a woman of easy virtue and outstanding beauty who, when painters went to her to take her portrait, ‘showed as much of her person as she could with propriety’.’
      • ‘In Shanghai Express, probably her finest film, she was a woman of easy virtue, mouthing the famous line.’
      • ‘There is a woman of easy virtue, also gleefully played by Jane Nash, who tries to entrap Bob and the usual subplot of the squire's nephew trying to anticipate his inheritance.’
      • ‘He is promptly thrown into the seamy world of Montreal's nightlife - its clubs, its cabarets, its women of easy virtue.’
      • ‘They looked gorgeous and portrayed, - and I hope they will not take this amiss - ladies of easy virtue decoratively and to the life.’
      • ‘In this case a lady reputed to be of easy virtue and a girlfriend of one of the local policemen, had made statements intimidating the men for trial.’
      • ‘Piercings were sometimes worn by women, but only those of easy virtue.’
      • ‘He has been brought up by a lady of easy virtue in the bazaar.’
      sexually indiscriminate, free with one's favours, of easy virtue, unchaste, loose, wanton, abandoned, licentious, dissolute, dissipated, debauched
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    stand easy!
    Military
    • Used to instruct soldiers standing at ease that they may relax their attitude further.

    take the easy way out
    • Extricate oneself from a difficult situation by choosing the simplest rather than the most honourable course of action.

      ‘she had taken the easy way out by returning the keys without a message’
      • ‘We should ensure that the government does that work, rather than taking the easy way out and sacrificing justice to expediency.’
      • ‘Too often, the scripts choose to take the easy way out.’
      • ‘He chose to take the easy way out and slam the council.’
      • ‘As the economy plods along, many of us are choosing to take the easy way out.’
      • ‘As finance minister, Ng never took the easy way out.’
      • ‘I took the easy way out and did the very unsporting thing of hiding my assigned fabric inside the pockets as a lining.’
      • ‘It is just not true, as his critics assert, that he always took the easy way out.’
      • ‘In most science exhibitions, there are student groups that take the easy way out and opt for a project that can be put together using easily available material.’
      • ‘To take the easy way out, one might just chalk both up to blatant stupidity, but there are always other reasons as well.’
      • ‘There is a sense of entitlement that I think has caused many to take the easy way out.’
    take it easy
    • 1Proceed in a calm and relaxed manner.

      • ‘At one point in my career, I started to realise that I should take it easy, I should calm down.’
      • ‘He said just, you know, be calm, take it easy.’
      • ‘It forces me to calm down, take it easy, and take every shot at a time, and forget the bad ones, which of course there are many.’
      • ‘‘Hey wow, calm down, take it easy girl,’ I said holding my hands up in self-defence.’
      • ‘How can I take it easy when Mark is off sneaking around with God knows who?’
      • ‘Larry, I think everyone should just kind of relax, take it easy.’
      • ‘You need to be comfortable and relaxed, so take it easy.’
      • ‘The little question mark at the end was left in the air to imply that we are relaxed about this, so take it easy, take it easy.’
      • ‘Well, in any case, you've got another few weeks around him, so I say take it easy.’
      • ‘‘Dude, take it easy, I was just messing around,’ Ryan wiped a little blood from his nose.’
    • 2Make little effort; rest.

      • ‘The application of aspirin and bed rest pulled him through it by midday today and he took it easy for the rest of the day, getting better by the hour.’
      • ‘Clearly both players preferred to take it easy and rest for their semi-finals.’
      • ‘Having done all the hard work, the time before kick-off on Saturday is a case of taking it easy, eating, resting and sleeping.’
      • ‘I rose at 8:30 and am here loafing around taking it easy with my cup of tea and reading the newspaper.’
      • ‘I've been relaxing around Madrid, taking it easy, enjoying the lie-ins and the food, not to mention the one or two drinks at night.’
      • ‘Since Christmas Day - just two days ago - I've been ‘chilling out’, relaxing and taking it easy.’
      • ‘Work was pretty busy this past week and then Thursday I got sick and have been mostly taking it easy around the house since then.’
      • ‘Basically, it's been a day and a half of taking it easy and ambling around in the heat.’
      • ‘He was clearly still taking it easy and trying to relax.’
      • ‘I decided to just relax and I took it easy all weekend long.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the sense ‘comfortable, tranquil’): from Old French aisie, past participle of aisier ‘put at ease, facilitate’ (see ease).

Pronunciation

easy

/ˈiːzi/