- 1 not difficult; done or obtained without a lot of effort or problems an easy exam/job He didn't make it easy for me to leave. Their house isn't the easiest place to get to. vegetables that are easy to grow Several schools are within easy reach (= not far away). It can't be easy for her, on her own with the children. It's easy for you to tell me to keep calm, but you're not in my position. It would be the easiest thing in the world to fall in love with him. opposite hard See related entries: Describing work
- 2 comfortable, relaxed and not worried I'll agree to anything for an easy life. I don't feel easy about letting the kids go out alone. opposite uneasy
- 3[only before noun] open to attack; not able to defend yourself She's an easy target for their criticisms. The baby fish are easy prey for birds.
- 4[only before noun] pleasant and friendly synonym easy-going He had a very easy manner. opposite awkward See related entries: Friendly
- 5[not usually before noun] (informal, disapproving) (of women) willing to have sex with many different people see also easily Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘comfortable, tranquil’): from Old French aisie, past participle of aisier
(informal) to experience/not experience difficulties when you are doing something; to make things difficult/easy for somebody He will be given a rough ride at the party conference. (informal) used to say that you do not have a strong opinion when somebody has offered you a choice ‘Do you want to watch this or the news?’ ‘Oh, I'm easy. It's up to you.’ (old-fashioned) (of a woman) willing to have sex with anyone enjoying a comfortable way of life with plenty of money (often disapproving) a choice which is thought to be easier because it involves less effort, difficulty, etc. They are anxious that the new course should not be seen as a soft option. He decided to take the easy option and give them what they wanted. to end a difficult situation by choosing the simplest solution even if it is not the best one He took the easy way out and didn’t go to the meeting. close to something The house is within easy reach of schools and sports facilities. Verona and Padua are both within easy reach for day trips.