Eas·y a. [Compar. Easier superl. Easiest.]
1. At ease; free from pain, trouble, or constraint; as: (a) Free from pain, distress, toil, exertion, and the like; quiet; as, the patient is easy. (b) Free from care, responsibility, discontent, and the like; not anxious; tranquil; as, an easy mind. (c) 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. --Shak.
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. --Dryden.
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.
adj 1: 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
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,
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"
adv 1: 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]
3: in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to
take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: soft]
[also: easied, easiest, easier]