easy

Definitions

  • "They came hopping in, Paul an easy first."
    "They came hopping in, Paul an easy first."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj easy obtained with little effort or sacrifice, often obtained illegally "easy money"
    • adj easy less in demand and therefore readily obtainable "commodities are easy this quarter"
    • adj easy casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior "her easy virtue","he was told to avoid loose (or light) women","wanton behavior"
    • adj easy affording comfort "soft light that was easy on the eyes"
    • adj easy 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"
    • adj easy 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 chsild faced the actual problem of reading she was familiar and at ease with all the elements words"
    • adj easy marked by moderate steepness "an easy climb","a gentle slope"
    • adj easy having little impact "an easy pat on the shoulder","gentle rain","a gentle breeze","a soft (or light) tapping at the window"
    • adj easy not hurried or forced "an easy walk around the block","at a leisurely (or easygoing) pace"
    • adj easy affording pleasure "easy good looks"
    • adj easy 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"
    • adj easy readily exploited or tricked "an easy victim","an easy mark"
    • adv easy 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"
    • adv easy in a relaxed manner; or without hardship "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)"
    • adv easy 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

MAKING IT EASY MAKING IT EASY
"IT WAS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO GET THE RIGHT LIGHT" "IT WAS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO GET THE RIGHT LIGHT"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over one million Pet Rocks were sold in 1975, makine Gary Dahl, of Los Gatos, California, a millionaire. He got the idea while joking with friends about his pet that was easy to take care of, which was a rock
    • Easy At ease; free from pain, trouble, or constraint
    • Easy Causing ease; giving freedom from care or labor; furnishing comfort; commodious; as, easy circumstances; an easy chair or cushion.
    • Easy Free from care, responsibility, discontent, and the like; not anxious; tranquil; as, an easy mind.
    • Easy Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth; as, easy manners; an easy style.
    • Easy Free from pain, distress, toil, exertion, and the like; quiet; as, the patient is easy .
    • Easy Moderate; sparing; frugal.
    • Easy 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."
    • Easy Not difficult; requiring little labor or effort; slight; inconsiderable; as, an easy task; an easy victory. "It were an easy leap."
    • Easy Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; complying; ready. "He gained their easy hearts.""He is too tyrannical to be an easy monarch."
    • Easy (Com) Not straitened as to money matters; as, the market is easy ; -- opposed to tight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Heavyweight tire manufacturer Goodyear is in no way affiliated with Charles Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber. They merely admired his inventiveness and his process that was so easy to duplicate that competitors simply stole it.
    • easy Having ease. Free from bodily pain or discomfort; quiet; comfortable: as, the patient has slept well and is easy.
    • easy Free from want or from solicitude as to the means of living; affording a competence without toil; comfortable: as, easy circumstances; an easy fortune.
    • easy Not difficult; not wearisome; giving or requiring no great labor or effort; presenting no great obstacles; not burdensome: as, an easy task; an easy question; an easy road.
    • easy Giving no pain, shock, or discomfort: as, an easy posture; an easy carriage; an easy trot.
    • easy Moderate; not pressing or straining; not exacting; indulgent: as, a ship under easy sail; an easy master.
    • easy Readily yielding; not difficult of persuasion; compliant; not strict: as, a woman of easy virtue.
    • easy Not constrained; not stiff, formal, or harsh; facile; natural: as, easy manners; an easy address; an easy style of writing.
    • easy Easeful; self-indulgent.
    • easy Light; sparing; frugal.
    • easy Indifferent; of rather poor quality.
    • easy In com., not straitened or restricted, or difficult to obtain or manage: opposed to tight: as, the money-market is easy (that is, loans may be easily procured).
    • easy Synonyms Untroubled, contented, satisfied.
    • easy Pliant, complaisant, accommodating.
    • easy Unconstrained, graceful.
    • easy Easily.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.
    • adj Easy at ease: free from pain: tranquil: unconstrained: giving ease: not difficult: yielding: not straitened (in circumstances): not tight: not strict, as in 'easy virtue.'—interj. Easy! a command to lower, or to go gently, to stop rowing, &c
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Quotations

  • Fritz R. S. Dressler
    Fritz R. S. Dressler
    “Predicting the future is easy. It's trying to figure out what's going on now that's hard.”
  • David Hume
    David%20Hume
    “Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.”
  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    Titus%20Maccius%20Plautus
    “It is easy to rule over the good.”
  • Agnes Repplier
    Agnes%20Repplier
    “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.”
  • Mahalia Jackson
    Mahalia Jackson
    “It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thing -- that's the Lord's test.”

Idioms

Big Easy - (USA) The Big Easy is New Orleans, Louisiana
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Easy as ABC - Something that is as easy as ABC is very easy or simple.
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Easy as beans - Something that is so easy that anyone can do it is easy as beans.
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Easy as falling off a log - Something very easy or simple to do is as easy as falling off a log.
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Easy as pie - If something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed.
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Easy come, easy go - This idiom means that money or other material gains that come without much effort tend to get spent or consumed as easily.
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Easy does it - 'Easy does it' is used to advise someone to approach a task carefully and slowly, especially in spoken English.
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Easy on the eyes - Someone who's easy on the eyes is pleasing to look at, an attractive person.
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Easy peasy - (UK) If something is easy peasy, it is very easy indeed. ('Easy peasy, lemon squeezy' is also used.)
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Go easy on - 1. Don't use to much of something. Example:"Go easy on the ice, I just want a little bit in my drinks." (also "easy ice") or "Go easy on the gas--slow down!" (or "easy on the gas") 2. Don't demand too much, or be to critical, rough or hard on something or someone. Examples: "Go easy on her, she's had a hard day." or "Go easy on that car door--don't slam it!" or "The coach is going too easy on the team since that last big loss."
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aisié, F. aisé, prop. p. p. of OF. aisier,. See Ease (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aise; cog. with It. agio; Prov. ais, Port. azo.

Usage

In literature:

It isn't easy for the boys to find time.
"The Trumpeter Swan" by Temple Bailey
A constitution marked by this development is indolent, relaxative, and an easy prey to epidemics.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
If she were on the opposite side how easy to slip her hand through the opening and turn the handle of the door.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
But they found conversation somehow less easy after that.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
It had not been easy.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
How easy and smooth it was, glidin' along up there!
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
And rather than let this top-liner sleuth put it over me so easy I takes a chance on shootin' a little more bull.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Even genius languishes when kept over-long at tasks that are too easy.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
It was easy enough now reaching the pipe.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
A fellow who is easy-going about his time is generally easy-going about his friends, his money, and his morals.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
They were perfectly easy to say, and they were also of the greatest urgency.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Mr Easy, who was very anxious to make his own discoveries, was the first who spoke.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Their task has been less easy than they supposed.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
She remarked that the roads were easy.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
F'r all, I ain't a-gwine to let him off so easy's all that, unless you an' the captain insists on it.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
It wasn't easy to say them.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
And yet it is not easy to be too severe.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It is by no means easy to translate his ponderous phrases into simple words without losing some of their meaning.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I do not envy a clergyman's life as an easy life, nor do I envy the clergyman who makes it an easy life.
"Life and Literature" by J. Purver Richardson
I did not find it easy to sketch Mr. Yorke's person, but it is more difficult to indicate his mind.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

Why then should I seek farther store
And still make love anew?
When change itself can give no more,
'Tis easy to be true.
"To Celia" by Sir Charles Sedley
Now he persuades, "How easy 'tis
To walk the road to heav'n;"
Anon he swells our sins, and cries,
"They cannot be forgiv'n."
"Hymn 156" by Isaac Watts
"Are not the English easy folk
With pirates ta'en in war?
And my luck is good that safe I stand
On the deck of the Dinkinbar."
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith
So easy 'tis to rhyme . . . yet stay!
Oh, terrible misgiving!
Please do not give the game away . . .
I've got to make my living.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
Perhaps the day is not so far
When I will fathom what's unseemly…
But this to err - it is so relieving!
It is so easy yet to err!
"Terminal Silhouette" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Mother beside the fire
Sat, her nightcap in;
Father, in easy chair,
Gloomily napping,
When at the window-sill
Came a light tapping!
"The Willow-Tree (Another Version)" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Looking for an easy snack or party bite.
Fresh & Easy sweetens up baked goods offering.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has expanded its offering of baked goods and desserts.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is spicing up the bakery in select stores with 60 new baked goods and desserts, the retailer announced.
It's hard not to like meatballs—they're easy to make, even easier to eat, and they're usually the bargain item on any menu.
Ballast in the Big Easy.
Easy Dim Ballast From Robertson Worldwide.
"Easy Money," stars a heartless antihero.
Sean and Cathy Cummings show how easy it is to.
Packing all the tastes of a banana split in an easy-to-slice loaf.
In this busy political season, it's easy to overlook a local election.
Turn the meal into a weeknight favorite with an easy to prepare Speedy Beef and Butternut Stew.
Easy weeknight beef stew .
This easy version of beef stoganoff is best for using up the extra Coriander-Dusted Roast Beef and gravy.
It's easy to get the peppercorns onto a beef roast—but hard to keep them there.
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In science:

Q ⊕ C −−−−→ C −−−−→ 0 One checks that f is surjective by this diagram, and thus 0 → ( eE , eQ) → (E , Q) → ( x2 C, C) → 0 It is easy to see that (E , Q) ∈ Cµ is s-equivalent to (E ′ , Q′ ) and rank(Ex1 → Q) = rank( eEx1 → eQ) ≤ dim(Q) − t.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
This method does not seem to be easy generalizable to non-Gaussian probability potentials.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
It is easy to check that adding L1 to the subalgebra trivializes the correlation functions.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
But it is easy to check that the set qk¯k hφk¯k φ′ k′ ¯k′ i satisfies the same equations of the chiral correlations.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
It is also easy to see that this same set satisfy the same equations of the antichiral correlations as well.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
Therefore, it becomes relatively easy to construct exact solutions for different shapes of potentials.
Exact Inflationary Solutions from a Superpotential
It is easy to see that f; = ?DI and fW = >DI .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is easy to check that this de(cid:12)nition results in a coherent cps.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is easy to check that this gives a coherent cps.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Proof: It is easy to see that in each case the cps is acceptable.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
This does not look like the standard de(cid:12)nition of independence in texts, but an easy calculation shows that it is equivalent.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is easy to see that the assumption of standardness is necessary in Lemma ..
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is easy to check that type- independence is equivalent to noninteraction in the context of sets of probability measures.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Clearly there is a functional dependence between X and X , but it is easy to check that X and X are type- independent with respect to P .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
It is easy to generalize the results to the case where R(Xi ) is (cid:12)nite for each Xi ; there is no need to assume that R(Xi ) is a subset of the reals.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
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