easy

The adjective easy can describe anything that comes without too much effort, like your baseball team's easy win, or your dad's easy recipe for nachos.

Something that's easy isn't at all difficult — it just seems to fall into place. There's also a sense of slowness, casualness, and a lack of worry, like getting an easy "A" in your History of Hip Hop class. Easy comes from the Old French word aisie, "comfortable, rich, well-off," an easy way to live indeed. The only thing about easy that's less than simple is remembering to change the y to an i for variations like easier and easiest.

Primary Meanings of easy

1.
adjadv
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily')
2.
adjadv
free from worry or anxiety
in a relaxed manner; or without hardship
3.
adj
affording pleasure
4.
adj
readily exploited or tricked
5.
adj
casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Full Definitions of easy
1

adj posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

“an easy job”
“an easy problem”
“an easy victory”
“the house is easy to heat”
“satisfied with easy answers”
“took the easy way out of his dilemma”
Synonyms:
undemanding
requiring little if any patience or effort or skill
casual, effortless
not showing effort or strain
clean
without difficulties or problems
cushy, easygoing, soft
not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic
easy and not involved or complicated
hands-down
achieved without great effort
painless
requiring little hard work or exertion
simplified
made easy or uncomplicated
smooth
lacking obstructions or difficulties
user-friendly
easy to use
effortless
requiring or apparently requiring no effort
soft
compassionate and kind; conciliatory
simple
having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
Antonyms:
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
demanding
requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
ambitious, challenging
requiring full use of your abilities or resources
arduous
difficult to accomplish; demanding considerable mental effort and skill
awkward, embarrassing, sticky, unenviable
hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical, tough
making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe
catchy, tricky
having concealed difficulty
delicate, ticklish, touchy
difficult to handle; requiring great tact
fractious
unpredictably difficult in operation; likely to be troublesome
hard-fought
requiring great effort
herculean
extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
nasty, tight
exasperatingly difficult to handle or circumvent
rocky, rough
full of hardship or trials
rugged, tough
very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution
serious
requiring effort or concentration; complex and not easy to answer or solve
tall
impressively difficult
thorny
bristling with perplexities
troublesome
difficult to deal with
trying
hard to endure
vexed
causing difficulty in finding an answer or solution; much disputed
effortful
requiring great physical effort
hard
dispassionate
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adj obtained with little effort or sacrifice, often obtained illegally

easy money”
Synonyms:
abundant
present in great quantity

adj not hurried or forced

“an easy walk around the block”
Synonyms:
easygoing, leisurely
unhurried
relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste

adj having little impact

“an easy pat on the shoulder”
Synonyms:
gentle, soft
light
of little intensity or power or force

adj marked by moderate steepness

“an easy climb”
Synonyms:
gentle
gradual
(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

adj less in demand and therefore readily obtainable

“commodities are easy this quarter”
Synonyms:
available
obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service

adv with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily')

“success came too easy
Synonyms:
easily

adv without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')

“go easy here--the road is slippery”
Synonyms:
slow, slowly, tardily
Antonyms:
apace, chop-chop, quickly, rapidly, speedily
with rapid movements
2

adj free from worry or anxiety

“knowing that I had done my best, my mind was easy
“an easy good-natured manner”
Synonyms:
comfortable
free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind
relaxed
without strain or anxiety
Antonyms:
uneasy
lacking a sense of security or affording no ease or reassurance
uncomfortable
conducive to or feeling mental discomfort
apprehensive, worried
mentally upset over possible misfortune, danger, etc.
precarious, unstable
affording no ease or reassurance
unquiet
characterized by unrest or disorder
tense
in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
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adj in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich

easy living”
Synonyms:
comfortable, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do
rich
possessing material wealth

adv in a relaxed manner; or without hardship

“"just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)”
Synonyms:
soft
3

adj affording pleasure

easy good looks”
Synonyms:
pleasing
giving pleasure and satisfaction

adj affording comfort

“soft light that was easy on the eyes”
Synonyms:
comfortable, comfy
providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal)
4

adj readily exploited or tricked

“an easy victim”
“an easy mark”
Synonyms:
impressible, impressionable, waxy
easily impressed or influenced
5

adj casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

“her easy virtue”
Synonyms:
light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton
unchaste
not chaste

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