Definition of easy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːzi/

adjective (easier, easiest)

1Achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties: an easy way of retrieving information
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  • 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.
uncomplicated, not difficult, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, effortless, painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing
informal easy-peasy, easy as pie, as easy as falling off a log, as easy as ABC, a piece of cake, child's play, kids' stuff, a cinch, no sweat, a doddle, a breeze, a pushover, money for old rope, money for jam
chiefly US  easy-breezy
North American informal duck soup, a snap
Australian/New Zealand informal a bludge
South African informal a piece of old tackle
British vulgar slang a piece of piss
dated a snip
2(Of a period of time or way of life) free from worries or problems: promises of an easy life in the New World
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  • 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.
calm, tranquil, serene, quiet, peaceful, trouble-free, untroubled, undisturbed, unworried, contented, relaxed, comfortable, secure, safe
informal cushy
2.1(Of a person) lacking anxiety or awkwardness; relaxed: her easy and agreeable manner he never felt easy with her
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  • 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;
carefree, nonchalant, unconcerned, composed, insouciant, urbane, suave
informal laid-back, unflappable, together
3 [attributive] (Of an object of attack or criticism) having no defence; vulnerable: as a taxi driver he was an easy target
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  • 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.
vulnerable, susceptible, exploitable, defenceless, naive, gullible, trusting, credulous, impressionable
3.1 informal, derogatory (Of a woman) very receptive to sexual advances: her reputation at school for being easy
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  • 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.


archaic or US informal
Without difficulty or effort: we all scared real easy in those days
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  • 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.


Be careful: easy, girl—you’ll knock me over!



be easier said than done

Be more easily talked about than put into practice: going on an economy drive is easier said than done
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  • 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.

(as) easy as pie

see pie1.

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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
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  • 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.

easy on the eye (or ear)

informal Pleasant to look at (or listen to): a charming village that is easy on the eye
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  • 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.

go (or be) easy on

1Refrain from being harsh with or critical of (someone): go easy on him, Rory, he’s only little
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  • 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.
2Be sparing in one’s use or consumption of: go easy on fatty foods
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  • 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.

have it easy

informal Have no difficulties; be fortunate: they have had it easy for too long and have become complacent
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  • 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.

I'm easy

informal Said by someone when offered a choice to indicate that they have no particular preference.
Example sentences
  • 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.

of easy virtue

dated or humorous (Of a woman) sexually promiscuous: she’s cheap, a woman of easy virtue
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  • ‘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’.

sleep (or rest) easy

Go to sleep without (or be untroubled by) worries: this insurance policy will let you rest easy
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  • 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.

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
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  • 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.

take it easy

1Proceed in a calm and relaxed manner.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2Make little effort; rest.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈiːzinəs/
Example sentences
  • The site allows students to grade their teachers based on easiness, helpfulness and clarity, providing an overall quality rating out of five.
  • Now, I want the easiness of poetry, the brevity of the poem.
  • Their easiness with each other was evident, as they danced together, slapped each other on the back and casually bantered throughout the show.


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

  • Both easy and ease (Middle English) go back via Old French aisier to Latin adjacens ‘lying close by’, source also of adjacent (Late Middle English). Easy-peasy ‘childishly easy’ is only recorded from the 1970s. The ‘peasy’ is simply a rhyme and the childish word intensifies the sense.

Words that rhyme with easy

breezy, cheesy, easy-peasy, Kesey, Parcheesi, queasy, sleazy, wheezy, Zambezi

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