Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
EASY, adj. Sc. usages. See also Aisy.
1. Used pred., followed by the gerund, instead of the inf. as in Eng. Cf. Ill, adj. 9.
Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality xi.:
“Weel, madam”, said Mysie, making the alterations required, “it's easy mending the error.” Sc. 1887 R. L. Stevenson Underwoods 98:
O, I wad like to ken — to the beggar-wife says I — . . . — It's gey an' easy spierin', says the beggar-wife to me. m.Sc. 1915 J. Buchan Thirty-Nine Steps 111:
“It's easy speakin',” he moaned.
2. Phrs. and Comb.: (1) easy bed, a lazy-bed, for potatoes, etc. (Rs., Mry. 1949 (per Fif.17)); (2) to be easy, to be well pleased, to be satisfied; (3) to have easy, followed by the gerund = to have no difficulty in . . .; for exs. see Hae, v. II. 2 (4).
(2) Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 356:
“Will you try a glass of it now, James?” . . . “I'm easy. But Miss Gentle 'll pree't.” Sc. 1861 C. Rogers Sc. Character 204:
The peasant boy of Fifeshire who intends to indicate his ready acceptance of a favour, does so by saying “I'm easy” — meaning that he is well pleased, and has a full appreciation of the boon.
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