Definition of effortless in US English:



  • 1Requiring no physical or mental exertion.

    ‘went up the steps in two effortless bounds’
    • ‘It all looks so easy and effortless up on the screen, but this is a very dangerous job.’
    • ‘It may look effortless, but it only looks effortless because of incredible talent and diligence.’
    • ‘And after a great day in the sunshine city, thousands had an effortless journey to Old Trafford on the Metrolink.’
    • ‘Today's shifting is nearly effortless thanks to precise spring-loaded mechanisms coaxing the chain from one gear to the next.’
    • ‘Two girls ran in front of the pack, their strides appearing easy and effortless.’
    • ‘I continued, an effortless amble, heading back on a bridleway.’
    • ‘If we ensure these few things, working with our computers becomes an effortless and satisfactory experience.’
    • ‘This is an effortless dish, but you do need time to make it.’
    • ‘His touch, style and seemingly effortless movements make him the player to watch in this tournament.’
    • ‘Having put the corkscrew to work on stubborn plastic corks I achieved effortless extraction every time.’
    • ‘Switchgear and controls are old-style, but totally effortless to use.’
    • ‘A few lazy eights showcase the effortless maneuverability of the aircraft's design.’
    • ‘It seems that going smoke-free in Canada is neither an effortless nor an inexpensive initiative.’
    • ‘It is that expectation of discovery which makes the effort of travel often seem effortless.’
    • ‘You can use this to explore and find easy effortless movements, which are tailored to your needs.’
    • ‘For an effortless night out, however, you can't beat the cinema.’
    • ‘The teams' effortless passing and movement conjured two second-half goals.’
    • ‘The steering is light and precise, the pedals are equally effortless and the six-speed gearbox slots slickly from one gear to the next.’
    • ‘Ascending and descending needs to appear to be effortless and natural.’
    • ‘As we get older, the first illusions we relinquish are our fantasies of an everlasting, effortless romantic partnership.’
    unhurried, relaxed, unrushed, easy, easy-going, gentle, sedate, comfortable, restful, undemanding, slow, lazy, lackadaisical, languid, languorous, lingering
    easy, uncomplicated, not difficult, undemanding, unexacting, unchallenging, painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary, idiot-proof, plain sailing
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    1. 1.1 Achieved with admirable ease.
      ‘her effortless sense of style’
      • ‘The effortless and natural acting of the children add a unique flavour to the film making it realistic and palpable.’
      • ‘But when he meets her, her effortless charisma leads him to hire her as a dancer.’
      • ‘The young waiters offset all this history with their effortless urban cool; one has sideburns you could ski-jump off.’
      • ‘Shorn of its string arrangement, Drake's incredible guitar playing and effortless melodic sense are all the more apparent.’
      • ‘The strained limbs in his bronzes of ballerinas behind the stage expose the ordeals necessary to simulate an effortless grace on the stage.’
      • ‘He could pass for mid-50s and has an effortless style.’
      • ‘He succeeds in conveying the contradictions of his character with a natural, seemingly effortless ability.’
      • ‘Her brash buoyancy and his effortless elegance lifted the audience into the stratosphere.’
      • ‘They epitomised effortless style and glamour.’
      • ‘I enjoyed every page of this book, spellbound as ever by Smith's apparently effortless verbal magic.’
      • ‘Would-be trendy restaurants all try to be cool, but this place oozes effortless and unselfconscious cool from every pore.’
      • ‘She tells the story with seemingly effortless grace and it reads like the very best novels.’
      • ‘Detractors raise an eyebrow even at that rating, while fans claim it is the apogee of shabby chic and effortless elegance.’
      • ‘Khakis have become synonymous with effortless style suitable for leisure trips and business casual wear.’
      • ‘Angela couldn't help but admire the woman's effortless grace as she strode away.’
      • ‘Her style is effortless, drop-dead elegance.’
      • ‘He is a passionate garden-maker, a sensualist blessed with an artist's eye and an effortless sense of style.’
      • ‘James Nesbitt, who brings effortless charm to any character he plays, was perfect as the two boys' father.’
      • ‘He shows effortless charisma as he glides and even dances through the film.’
      • ‘It's another recording of effortless beauty that finds the band at their most relaxed and enjoyable.’
      flowing, able to flow easily
      flowing, fluid, fluent, smooth, graceful, elegant, natural, leisurely, easy
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