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[koo sh-ee] /ˈkʊʃ i/
adjective, cushier, cushiest. Informal.
involving little effort for ample rewards; easy and profitable:
a cushy job.
soft and comfortable; cushiony:
a cushy chair.
Origin of cushy
1910-15; probably cush(ion) + -y3; also adduced, but less likely: < Hindi ḳhūsh pleasant (allegedly via Indian English, but unattested) or < French couchée bed, sleeping place; cf. cush
Related forms
cushily, adverb
cushiness, noun Unabridged
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  • Then I shall receive ironical congratulations on my "cushy" job.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • I was with the Fritzies for over a week, and they certainly have it soft and cushy.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • That was our method afterwards, and the patrol was cushy for us.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • I always think Billy had the hardest luck to be hit again just as he was coming out of it all with a safe and cushy one.

    Grapes of wrath Boyd Cable
  • For the next few days we had it “cushy,” except for boche shrapnel showering our trenches at intervals, daily.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
British Dictionary definitions for cushy


adjective cushier, cushiest
(informal) easy; comfortable: a cushy job
Word Origin
C20: from Hindi khush pleasant, from Persian khōsh
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Word Origin and History for cushy

"easy," 1915, Anglo-Indian slang, from Hindi khush "pleasant, healthy, happy" + -y (2).

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Slang definitions & phrases for cushy



  1. Easy; easeful; supplying comfort and pleasure: I landed a cushy post, a soft sinecure at the foundation
  2. Fancy; luxurious; highfalutin, posh: I may not know a lot of cushy words

[1915+ British; perhaps fr Hindi khush, ''pleasure,'' or Romany kushto, ''good,'' or perhaps fr a shortening of cushiony]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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