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Easy \Eas"y\, a. [Compar. Easier; superl. Easiest.] [OF. aisi['e], F. ais['e], prop. p. p. of OF. aisier. See Ease, v. t.]

  1. At ease; free from pain, trouble, or constraint; as:

    1. Free from pain, distress, toil, exertion, and the like; quiet; as, the patient is easy.

    2. Free from care, responsibility, discontent, and the like; not anxious; tranquil; as, an easy mind.

    3. Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth; as, easy manners; an easy style. ``The easy vigor of a line.''

  2. Not causing, or attended with, pain or disquiet, or much exertion; affording ease or rest; as, an easy carriage; a ship having an easy motion; easy movements, as in dancing. ``Easy ways to die.''

  3. Not difficult; requiring little labor or effort; slight; inconsiderable; as, an easy task; an easy victory.

    It were an easy leap.

  4. Causing ease; giving freedom from care or labor; furnishing comfort; commodious; as, easy circumstances; an easy chair or cushion.

  5. Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; complying; ready.

    He gained their easy hearts.

    He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  6. Moderate; sparing; frugal. [Obs.]

  7. (Com.) Not straitened as to money matters; as, the market is easy; -- opposed to tight.

    Honors are easy (Card Playing), said when each side has an equal number of honors, in which case they are not counted as points.

    Syn: Quiet; comfortable; manageable; tranquil; calm; facile; unconcerned.


a. (en-superlativeeasy)

  1. adv. with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily'); "she was easily excited"; "was easily confused"; "he won easily"; "this china breaks very easily"; "success came too easy" [syn: easily]

  2. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly'); "he spoke slowly"; "go easy here--the road is slippery"; "glaciers move tardily"; "please go slow so I can see the sights" [syn: slowly, slow, tardily] [ant: quickly]

  3. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: soft]

  4. [also: easied, easiest, easier]

  1. adj. posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma" [ant: difficult]

  2. not hurried or forced; "an easy walk around the block"; "at a leisurely (or easygoing) pace" [syn: easygoing, leisurely]

  3. free from worry or anxiety; "knowing that I had done my best, my mind was easy"; "an easy good-natured manner"; "by the time the child faced the actual problem of reading she was familiar and at ease with all the elements words" [syn: at ease] [ant: uneasy]

  4. affording pleasure; "easy good looks"

  5. having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window" [syn: gentle, soft]

  6. in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; "they were comfortable or even wealthy by some standards"; "easy living"; "a prosperous family"; "his family is well-situated financially"; "well-to-do members of the community" [syn: comfortable, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do]

  7. not harsh; causing little distress; "an easy penalty"

  8. readily exploited or tricked; "an easy mark"; "an easy victim"

  9. marked by moderate steepness; "an easy climb"; "a gentle slope" [syn: gentle]

  10. performing adroitly and without effort; "her easy grace"; "a facile hand" [syn: facile]

  11. not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules" [syn: lenient]

  12. affording comfort; "soft light that was easy on the eyes"

  13. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior" [syn: light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton]

  14. less in demand and therefore readily obtainable; "commodities are easy this quarter"

  15. plentiful and therefore at low interest rates; easy to come by; "easy money"

  16. [also: easied, easiest, easier]


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Usage examples of "easiest".

This task would be the easiest, because she would be using conjured soap, sponges, and water.

The easiest thing for her to conjure was fabricso she conjured that, yards and yards of it, dropping it over them and muffling them in its hampering folds.

The anger at Ware was closest to the surface and easiest to call upon.

A signal is broadcast and it travels by the easiest and best route to the assigned destination.

He cleared his throat, for talking to a djinni in such a manner was not the easiest of tasks.

The easiest thing to have done would have been to have written a letter.

To General Lee fell the shortest, and possibly the easiest, invasion route from Portrush to Belfast.

The route they took was far from the easiest, but Mizar tended to be rather direct and Jay was not concerned about his own comfort.

It was the easiest, most blanketing protection in the world to imagine that everything partook of the same animation.

It might not be the easiest place on earth to run, but it has a housekeeper who will do it all for you.

The North Cascades Highway tends to close down for the winter first, and Snoqualmie Pass is the easiest route.

DINNER-TABLE TALK Many people suppose that it is the easiest thing in the world to dine if you can get plenty to eat.

So that, in school, literature is not only, as I have said, the easiest open door to all else desirable, the best literature is not only the best means of awakening the young mind, the stimulus most congenial, but it is the best foundation for broad and generous culture.

It looked like Go was right, and he was about to make the easiest ten grand of his life.

Since Prince Jeta enjoyed laughing at death, I made myself as amusing as possible on the subject, not the easiest task.