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
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    not showing effort or strain
    synonyms: casual
    posing no difficulty; requiring little effort
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