Green’s Dictionary of Slang

easy adj.

1. of a woman, sexually promiscuous; thus easy lady, easy piece.

[UK]Shakespeare Cymbeline II iv: Not a whit, Your lady being so easy.
[UK]Fletcher Chances I ix: Ye found an easie Fool that let you get it.
[UK]Buckingham Chances I ix: [as cit. 1617].
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Easy an easy mort, c. a forward or coming wench.
[UK]J. Shirley Triumph of Wit 7: Yet, perhaps, shou’d I become your easie Prize, your Mind wou’d alter, and I should be neglected.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
Garrick Country Girl II i: What, all the libertines of the town brought to my lodging, by this easy coxcomb!
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Easy virtue, a lady of easy virtue: an impure or prostitute.
[UK]B. Bradshaw Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 17: My lady was of the easy sort, but not the worst I have ever met.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]H.L. Williams Black-Eyed Beauty 7: From Canal-street up to Waverley Place, the easy pieces, the girls of joy, were ‘kinder thick’.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 253: He could see that Emancipation meant being Free, but he did not see why it should mean being Free and Easy.
[US]C. McKay Home to Harlem 211: She is sure some wonderful brown. [...] Now I sure does understand why Ray is so scornful of them easy ones.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 323: A tired look... that made him think maybe she was kind of easy.
[US]H. Miller Roofs of Paris (1983) 218: If the girl is so easy, the mother must have hot pants too.
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 221: Gals were so easy, New Yorkers came down for a good time.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 163: She’s easy, she’s greasy, she works on the street, / And whenever you see her, she’s always in heat.
[Aus]‘Geoffrey Tolhurst’ Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 12: I got a reputation among the boys for being ‘easy,’ and a reputation among the older people for being ‘fast’.
[US](con. 1910s) Gaddis & Long Panzram (2002) 51: Easy ladies were rented out on the second floor.
[US]L. Dills CB Slanguage 36: Easy Piece: prostitute.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 7: His eyes flicker around for signs of trouble or easy women — the two most common factors in his life.
[UK]V. Headley Yardie 89: Dem deh woman nah easy.
[US](con. late 19C) C. Jeffords Shady Ladies of the Old West [Internet] Other names [for prostitutes] were [...] ‘easy women’, [etc.].

2. innocent, gullible.

[UK]W. Davenant Albovine I i: Paradine is A soft, easy fool, and must be gull’d.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Easy, facile, supple, pliable, managable.
[UK]T. Lucas Lives of the Gamesters (1930) 160: His Honour was as easie as possible in that treacherous strumpet’s company.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
Grunter’s Ode n.p.: The king is wondrous rich, the nation poor [...] If thus you suffer matters to go on, I soon shall re-baptize you Easy John.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 556: If he should be an easy cove, † he perhaps gives them change for their flash notes. [† Easy cove—One whom there is no difficulty in gulling].
[UK]Disraeli Henrietta Temple 301: Upon my word, you are very easy.
[US]Pittsburgh Dispatch (PA) 16 Mar. 18/2: Think you that i have been a gullible, easy old man?
[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 19: easy a. Simple, credulous, unsophisticated.
Climnch Valley News (Jefferson, VA) 11 Mar. 2/7: They would pick up a man on the streets who looked ‘easy’.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 51: ‘Do you think he’ll fall for it?’ ‘Sure! It’s a pipe. Jeff is as easy as Pickels.’.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Spotted Sheep’ in Taking the Count 118: ‘Ain’t you wise to it yet?’ he demanded. ‘Wise to what?’ ‘Gee, but you are easy!’ exclaimed the fighter.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 65/1: Easy. Gullible; susceptible; slow-witted; stupid.
[US]E. De Roo Young Wolves 82: You’re too easy. Just chicken hearted.

3. (UK Und.) silent; occas. dead; usu. in phr. make (the cull) easy, to silence or murder [it is the robbers whose work is thus made ‘easy’].

[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: Make the Cull easy; Gagg him, that he may make no Noise; sometimes used for murdering a Person robbed, for fear of Discovery.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Richardson Memoirs of the Life of Lady H 33: A little Money, given to her and her Parents, will make them all easy and hush.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).

4. (UK/US Und.) amenable to bribery.

[US]G.P. Burnham Memoirs of the US Secret Service 94: He would ‘work back’ the notes, through the police, or certain ‘easy’ detectives; and take his commissions, or share.

5. (Can./US) kind-hearted, easily imposed upon.

[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 41: I ain’t kicking that the town’s easy, mind you.
[US]W. Irwin Confessions of a Con Man 15: He put his roll up against mine under the impression that I would be easy.
[US]M.G. Hayden ‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in DN IV:iii 214: easy, one lacking stability. ‘He is such an easy mark.’.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 173: Just because I done you a favour, letting you off light, you tell all your mates I’m easy.
[US]M. Spillane Long Wait (1954) 80: Easy, the son of the bitch said. He’d shake in his shoes if you yelled at ’im.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 798: easy – Soft-hearted; charitable; easy to influence.
[US]R. Stone Dog Soldiers (1976) 107: ‘If I weren’t big and easy,’ Hicks said, ‘I’d ask you the same question.’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 3: easy – can be taken advantage of.

In compounds

easy lay (n.) [lay n.2 (2)]

1. usu. of a woman, one who can be easily seduced.

[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Judgement Day in Studs Lonigan (1936) 551: He wondered had marriage [...] made her an easy lay for guys.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 185: I don’t know why I’m not more popular with the girls . . . I’m such an easy lay.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 58: They may be easy lays, but, boy, what humdrum ones!
[US]W. Brown Teen-Age Mafia 41: The word got around, you want an easy lay you come to Mex Town.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 56: A minority of girls, who, in their words, were ‘easy lays’.
[Aus]Lette & Carey Puberty Blues 76: The boys thought she looked like an easy lay.
[UK]P. Theroux London Embassy 19: His wife’s fun, and I think I should tell you – she’s an easy lay.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 107: They were just skanks, bitches, sleazes, easy lays. Hos.
[US]T. Dorsey Stingray Shuffle 293: Okay, Rebecca’s an easy lay.

2. in fig. use, anything easily achieved.

[UK]P. Theroux Picture Palace 261: Europe was a cheap meal, an easy lay, a place where you could make ends meet.
easy make (n.) [ make n.2 (3)]

(US) a promiscuous or easily seducible woman, also in homosexual use.

[US]Berrey & Van den Bark Amer. Thes. Sl.
[US]Dundes & Schonhorn ‘Kansas University Sl.: A New Generation’ in AS XXXVIII:3 173: A female who is dated because of her lax sexual habits: easy make.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 72: easy make a man easily persuaded to participate in a homosexual act.
J. Strong Haunts of His Youth 141: ‘But I’m an easy make,’ she says. We hug and kiss some more.
E.R. Jones A Cruise to Nowhere Lost at Sea 64: Bet you thought I was an easy make since we made love the first night we met.
easy meat (n.) [meat n. (5)]

1. someone who is easily fooled.

[US]A. Garcia Tough Trip Through Paradise (1977) 66: She was on to him and knew he was easy meat.
[US]W.C. Gore Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 19: easy meat One easily duped.
[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 71: The driver is an old sweat, not a rookie’s easy meat.
[US]G. Henderson Keys to Crookdom 43: While the fellow was trying to extricate himself the wire found him easy meat.
[UK]J.G. Brandon Gang War 24: He certainly, McCarthy thought, would not be easy meat for a second thirsty tramp who demands ‘the price of a cuppa cawfee’.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 174: This part was reckoned to make you do your nut so later on you’d be easy meat.
[US]Western Folklore XXV:2 128: African men are usually easy meat for the huckster selling love potions.
C. McNichols Crazy Weather 107: He’s easy meat for a bushwhacker.
Islam Online 15 July [Internet] [heading] Hizbullah Not Easy Meat for Israel.

2. one who is easily seduced.

[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 364: He felt like dancing with her again, but hell, she was easy meat. Maybe he’d get something better.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]Frank Zappa ‘Easy Meat’ [lyrics] This girl is easy meat / I seen her on the street.
A. Gurnah ‘Cages’ in Heinemann Bk of Contemp. African Short Stories 89: But the truth is she’s easy meat [...] I’ll be having that one before long.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Real Life 13: June 4: Raped at 18 by a heterosexual married man who thought him ‘easy meat’ because he is gay.
[SA]K. Cage Gayle 68/1: easy meat n. a man who is easily persuaded to participate in a homosexual act [American Gayspeak].
[UK]Observer 9 Jan. 15/1: Are white girls viewed by some Pakistani men as ‘easy meat’?

SE in slang uses

In compounds

easy digging (n.) [ety. unknown; ? the ease with which one can spoon such sugar into a cup]

(US) granulated sugar.

[US] ‘Misc.’ in AS XIII:1 70/2: Easy digging. Sugar.
easy-doer (n.)

(US prison) one who copes well with prison life.

[US]W.R. Burnett High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 288: He knew how to do time, a real ‘easy-doer.’.
easy rider (n.)

see separate entries.

easy six (n.) [it is easy because of the number of combinations that equal six]

(US gambling) the point of six in craps dice.

[US]J. Thompson Texas by the Tail (1994) 6: Joe, of course, is the lowest point on the dice. Above it are Phoebe Five (a hard gal to know), Easy Six (three combinations) [etc.].
‘The Casino’ on Trump Plaza [Internet] For instance, if you bet the hard six (two 3’s) you win when that rolls before 7 or an ‘easy six’ (5 and 1 or 4 and 2).
easy street (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

easy does it

a phr. used as a warning, go easy, take your time, careful.

[UK]Falkirk Herald 8 June 2/1: There, there now, easy does it!
[Ire]Cork Examiner 18 Jan. 4/6: Easy does it, my toolip. Vot’s the hurry?
[UK]Star 25 Jan. 3/1: Mr Savage [...] with his catch phrase ‘Easy does it,’ proved a great favourite.
[UK]Henley & Stevenson Deacon Brodie I tab.III iii: Easy does it, my lord of high degree! Keep cool.
[UK]Bury & Norwich Post 26 Jan. 8/5: Easy does it, and fudgin’s no crime. Ain’t it scrumptious to watch ’ow they boggle and sniff?
[UK]J. Conrad Lord Jim 29: Now’s your time; easy does it... All right. Slack away again forward there.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Female of the Species (1961) 33: Steady, old man [...] Easy does it.
[UK]Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 28 Aug. 8/1: All his success came because he did — how you say it? — easy does it.
[UK]Derby Dly Teleg. 31 Aug. 2/5: Ramage’s goal was one of the coolest ever [...] asy does it.
[US]R. Prather Scrambled Yeggs 59: She started making more drinks. ‘Easy,’ I said. ‘Easy does it.’.
[US]J. Wambaugh Golden Orange (1991) 321: Easy does it. Easy does it.
easy-greasy (adj.)

(US) of swing music, smooth, mellow.

[US]Newark Advocate (OH) 2 Sept. 12/5: The domicile was in solid, with the alligators really taking it on the easy greasy.
easy on the eye (adj.) [note 1900s synon. easy to look at]

(orig. US) attractive, esp. of women.

Advertising CLub of N.Y. Post-graduate Course 1-7 106: Advertising [...] must be easy on the eye and hard on the pocketbook. A lot of advertising is easy on the eye. This Lace Curtain ad is certainly very easy to look at but it does nothing to your pocketbook.
Typo Graphic liii: A ‘middle of the road’ type, easy on the eye, and not very puzzling to the mind.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 8: And Boy! Is she easy on the eye!
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 160: Blondes are easy on the eye.
D. Shaw ‘Dead Beard’ at www.asstr.org [Internet] She’s very easy on the eye is that polo mint, and she looks even better as I help her slide her edinburgh fringe down onto the top of my mr cool.
easy over

(US) no problems, don’t worry.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 243: ‘When you can move,’ Chilly said impatiently, ‘get in touch with me. This is something I want done.’ [...] ‘Easy over, Chilly. I dig.’.