easy

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From Middle English eesy, esy, partly from Middle English ese (ease) + -y, equivalent to ease +‎ -y, and partly from Old French aisié (eased, at ease, at leisure), past participle of aisier (to put at ease), from aise (empty space, elbow room, opportunity), of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe (not difficult, easy), from Old English ēaþe, īeþe (easy, smooth, not difficult), from Proto-Germanic *auþaz, *auþijaz (easy, pleasing), from *auþiz (vacant, empty), from Proto-Indo-European *aut- (empty, lonely). Compare also Old Saxon ōþi (easy, vacant, empty), Old High German ōdi (easy, effortless, vacant, empty), Old Norse auðr (easy, vacant, empty). More at ease, eath.

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easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”
    In the middle of the room was a fluffy easy chair.   Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest easy at night.
  2. Requiring little skill or effort.
    It's often easy to wake up but hard to get up.
    • 2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.
    The teacher gave an easy test to her students.
  3. (informal, pejorative, of a person) Consenting readily to sex.
    He has a reputation for being easy; they say he slept with half the senior class.

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easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. In a relaxed or casual manner
    'After his illness, John decided to take it easy.
  2. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
    Jane went easier on him after he broke his arm.
  3. Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
    This project will cost 15 million dollars, easy.
  4. Not difficult, not hard.

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