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.
- easie (obsolete)
- (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
Now that I know it's taken care of, I can rest easy at night.
- Requiring little skill or effort.
It's often easy to wake up but hard to get up.
2013 August 10, “A new prescription”, in 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.
- Causing ease; giving comfort, or freedom from care or labour.
- Rich people live in easy circumstances.
- an easy chair
- Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth.
- easy manners; an easy style
- Alexander Pope
- the easy vigour of a line
- (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.
- Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; compliant.
- He gained their easy hearts.
- Sir Walter Scott
- He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch.
- (finance, dated) Not straitened as to money matters; opposed to tight.
- The market is easy.
- (comfortable): relaxed, relaxing
- (not difficult): light, eath
- (consenting readily to sex): fast
- (requiring little skill or effort): soft, trivial
- See also Wikisaurus:easy
- (comfortable, at ease): uneasy, anxious
- (requiring little skill or effort): difficult, hard, uneasy, uneath, challenging
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- In a relaxed or casual manner.
'After his illness, John decided to take it easy.
- In a manner without strictness or harshness.
Jane went easier on him after he broke his arm.
- Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
This project will cost 15 million dollars, easy.
- Not difficult, not hard. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
easy (plural easies)
- Something that is easy
- (rowing) Synonym of