easy vs soft what difference

what is difference between easy and soft

English

Alternative forms

  • aisy (dialectal, archaic)
  • easie (obsolete)
  • eazy (eye dialect)
  • EZ (abbreviation, US, informal)

Etymology

From Middle English eesy, esy, partly from Middle English ese (ease) + -y, equivalent to ease +‎ -y, and partly from Old French aisié (eased, at ease, at leisure), past participle of aisier (to put at ease), from aise (empty space, elbow room, opportunity), of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe (easy), from Old English īeþe, from Proto-Germanic *auþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *aut- (empty, lonely). Compare also Old Saxon ōþi, Old High German ōdi, Old Norse auðr, all meaning “easy, vacant, empty.” More at ease, eath.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈiːzi/, /ˈiːzɪ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈizi/
  • Rhymes: -iːzi

Adjective

easy (comparative easier or more easy, superlative easiest or most easy)

  1. (now rare except in certain expressions) Comfortable; at ease.
  2. Requiring little skill or effort.
  3. Causing ease; giving comfort, or freedom from care or labour.
    Rich people live in easy circumstances.
    an easy chair
  4. Free from constraint, harshness, or formality; unconstrained; smooth.
    easy manners; an easy style
  5. (informal, derogatory, of a woman) Consenting readily to sex.
  6. Not making resistance or showing unwillingness; tractable; yielding; compliant.
    • He gain’d their easy hearts.
  7. (finance, dated) Not straitened as to money matters; opposed to tight.
    The market is easy.

Synonyms

  • (comfortable): relaxed, relaxing
  • (not difficult): light, eath
  • (consenting readily to sex): fast
  • (requiring little skill or effort): soft, trivial
  • See also Thesaurus:easy

Antonyms

  • (comfortable, at ease): uneasy, anxious
  • (requiring little skill or effort): difficult, hard, uneasy, uneath, challenging

Derived terms

Related terms

  • ease

Descendants

  • Faroese: isi
  • Finnish: iisi

Translations

Adverb

easy (comparative easier, superlative easiest)

  1. In a relaxed or casual manner.
  2. In a manner without strictness or harshness.
  3. Used an intensifier for large magnitudes.
  4. Not difficult, not hard. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Derived terms

  • breathe easy

Noun

easy (plural easies)

  1. Something that is easy

Verb

easy (third-person singular simple present easies, present participle easying, simple past and past participle easied)

  1. (rowing) Synonym of easy-oar

Anagrams

  • Ayes, Saye, Seay, ayes, eyas, saye, yaes, yeas

Middle English

Adjective

easy

  1. Alternative form of esy

Adverb

easy

  1. Alternative form of esy


English

Etymology

From Middle English softe, from Old English sōfte, alteration of earlier sēfte (soft), from Proto-West Germanic *samftī (level, even, smooth, soft, gentle) (compare *sōmiz (agreeable, fitting)), from Proto-Indo-European *semptio-, *semtio-, from *sem- (one, whole). Cognate with West Frisian sêft (gentle; soft), Dutch zacht (soft), German Low German sacht (soft), German sanft (soft, yielding), Old Norse sœmr (agreeable, fitting), samr (same). More at seem, same.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: sŏft, IPA(key): /sɒft/
    • (Conservative RP) IPA(key): /sɔːft/
  • (General American) enPR: sôft, IPA(key): /sɔft/
  • (cotcaught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /sɑft/, enPR: sŏft
  • Rhymes: -ɒft

Adjective

soft (comparative softer, superlative softest)

  1. Easily giving way under pressure.
  2. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.
  3. (of a sound) Quiet.
  4. Gentle.
    There was a soft breeze blowing.
    • c. 1533, William Tyndale, An exposicion upon of Mathew
      The meek or soft shall inherit the earth.
  5. Expressing gentleness or tenderness; mild; conciliatory; courteous; kind.
    • 1815, William Wordsworth, To a Highland Girl
      A face with gladness overspread, / Soft smiles, by human kindness bred.
  6. Gentle in action or motion; easy.
  7. Weak in character; impressible.
    • 1665, Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica
      The deceiver soon found this soft place of Adam’s.
  8. Requiring little or no effort; easy.
    • 1892, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Beach of Falesá
      Before that they had been a good deal on the move, trekking about after the white man, who was one of those rolling stones that keep going round after a soft job.
  9. Not bright or intense.
  10. Having a slight angle from straight.
  11. (linguistics) Voiced; sonant.
    • 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
      DH represents the voiced (soft) th of English these clothes.
  12. (linguistics, rare) voiceless
  13. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized
  14. (slang) Lacking strength or resolve; not tough, wimpy.
  15. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds.
  16. (Britain, colloquial) Foolish.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Essential Anatomy of Melancholy
      He made soft fellows stark noddies, and such as were foolish quite mad.
  17. (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non-magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard)
  18. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.
  19. Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action.
  20. (Britain, of a man) Effeminate.
    • 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living
      A longing after sensual pleasures is a dissolution of the spirit of a man, and makes it loose, soft, and wandering.
  21. Agreeable to the senses.
  22. Not harsh or offensive to the sight; not glaring or jagged; pleasing to the eye.
    • 1673, Edward Browne, A Brief Account of some Travels in Hungaria, Styria, Bulgaria, Thessaly, Austria, Serbia, Carynthia, Carniola, and Friuli
      The sun, shining upon the upper part of the clouds [] made the softest lights imaginable.
  23. (photography, of light) Made up of nonparallel rays, tending to wrap around a subject and produce diffuse shadows.
  24. (computing) Emulated with software; not physically real.
  25. (of a drug) Not likely to cause addiction.

Synonyms

  • (giving way under pressure): see Thesaurus:soft
  • (of a cloth): non-abrasive, fluffy
  • (gentle): gentle, light, nesh
  • (of a sound): quiet
  • (lacking strength or resolve): meek, mild, wimpy, nesh
  • (foolish): daft, foolish, silly, stupid

Antonyms

  • (giving way under pressure): hard, resistant, solid, stony
  • (of a cloth): abrasive, scratchy
  • (gentle): harsh, rough, strong
  • (acute): hard
  • (of a sound): loud
  • (lacking strength or resolve): firm, strict, tough
  • (of water): hard
  • (foolish): sensible

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • mollify

Interjection

soft

  1. (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

Adverb

soft (comparative more soft, superlative most soft)

  1. (obsolete) Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.
    • There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger’s weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.

Noun

soft (plural softs)

  1. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.
    • 1859, George Eliot, Adam Bede Part I, Chapter 9
      It’ll do you no good to sit in a spring-cart o’ your own, if you’ve got a soft to drive you: he’ll soon turn you over into the ditch.
  2. (motorsports) Ellipsis of soft tyre (A tyre whose compound is softer than mediums, and harder than supersofts.)
  3. (colloquial) A soft sound or part of a sound.
    • 2012, Sam McGuire, Paul Lee, The Video Editor’s Guide to Soundtrack Pro (page 103)
      The expander doesn’t really make the louds louder and the softs softer in one step []

Czech

Etymology

Borrowed from English soft(ware).

Noun

soft m

  1. (colloquial) software, program
    • 18 March 1999, CD-R 74min X 80min, Group cz.comp.ibmpc:
      Zajimalo by mne, zda jsou tyto CD schopna pracovat na plnou kapacitu s normalnimi vypalovackami a beznym softem nebo je na ne potreba mit extra vypalovadlo i soft?
    • 19 March 2009, Zalohovaci SW, Group cz.talk:
      Pokud těch dat máte víc, pak tím TARem stačí zálohovat základ systému a zbytek řešit zálohovacím softem, kterej umí dělit archiv na několik pásek.
    • 2 April 2010, gsm modul / telefon, Group cz.comp.linux:
      ma nekdo nejake zkusenosti s takovym zarizenim ci softem kterym to ovladat?

Declension

Further reading

  • soft in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • soft in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English soft.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sɔft/

Noun

soft m (plural softs)

  1. (sexuality) soft porn
  2. (computing, uncountable) Software.
  3. (computing, countable) A piece of software.

Adjective

soft (plural softs)

  1. softcore (pornography)

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English soft.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɔft/

Adjective

soft (invariable)

  1. soft (tone etc; temporary (computing))

References


Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English soft(ware).

Noun

soft m inan

  1. (colloquial) software, program

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