Something effortless is easy to do — or at least appears that way. Great basketball players make scoring three-point shots look effortless. If you always know just what to wear, you have an effortless sense of style.

Effort is the work it takes to do something. Moving a couch and staying on a diet both require effort. If something is effortless, it takes no work at all to do. For example, lifting a feather is effortless. Writing may be effortless for some people, but difficult for others. Also, some things just look effortless. A great musician might make playing guitar sound effortless, but years of practice probably went into it. Experts make difficult things seem effortless.

Definitions of effortless

adj requiring or apparently requiring no effort

“the swallows glided in an effortless way through the busy air”
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
performing adroitly and without effort
unforced, unstrained
not resulting from undue effort; not forced
requiring great physical effort
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome
characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
marked by a painfully slow and effortful manner
exhausting, tiring, wearing, wearying
producing exhaustion
heavy, labored, laboured
requiring or showing effort
labor-intensive, labour-intensive
requiring a large expenditure of labor but not much capital
leaden, plodding
(of movement) slow and laborious
both extremely effortful and futile
arduous, straining, strenuous
taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance
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adj not showing effort or strain

posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

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