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, from aise, of uncertain origin. See ease. Merged with Middle English ethe, eathe, 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.
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