|Origin:||aisié, from aise; EASE1|
eas‧y1 S1 W1 comparative easier, superlative easiest
not difficult to do, and not needing much effort [≠ difficult, hard]:
The test was easy.
Finishing the task will not be easy.
There must be an easier way to do that.
easy to do something
It's a great car, and very easy to drive.
instructions that are easy to follow
It would have been easy for the team to lose the game.
make it easier (to do something)
The software makes it easier to download music.
Having you here does make things a lot easier for me.
as easy as pie/ABC/falling off a log (=very easy)
The station is within easy reach of (=close to) the town centre.
The park is within easy walking distance (=close enough to walk to).
comfortable or relaxed, and without problems [≠ hard]:
On the whole, Dad has had an easy life.
easy day/week etc
She had a nice easy day at home.
You can have an easy time of it now that the kids have all left home.
Why don't we make life easy for ourselves and finish it tomorrow?
not feeling worried or anxious [≠ uneasy]:
We talk more openly when we feel easy and relaxed.
I can leave the children with my mother with an easy mind.
friendly and pleasant with other people:
She is gentle and easy to be with.
able to be hunted or attacked without difficulty:
The soldiers on the streets are an easy target for terrorists.
Tourists are easy prey for thieves.
to end a situation in a way that seems easy, but is not the best or most sensible way:
I just took the easy way out and gave him some cash.
to have no problems or difficulties:
She's not been having an easy time of it financially.
money that you do not have to work hard to get:
We can buy them for $10 and sell them for $25 - easy money.
pleasant to look at or listen to:
Soft colours are easy on the eye.
used when someone has given you some advice that would be difficult for you to follow
used when saying that it is difficult to find a good way of dealing with a problem
used to say that you do not mind what choice is made:
'What would you like to do now?' 'I don't know, I'm easy.'
13 informal, especially American English
to be in a situation in which you have plenty of money:
If I get this new job, we'll be living on easy street.
if you buy something on easy terms, you pay for it with several small payments instead of paying the whole amount at once:
New settlers in the west could buy land on relatively easy terms.
15 American EnglishDF
eggs cooked on a hot surface and turned over quickly before serving
a woman who has sex with a lot of men
someone, especially a woman, who is easy has a lot of sexual partners