[koo sh-ee]

adjective, cush·i·er, cush·i·est. 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 formscush·i·ly, adverbcush·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cushy

comfy, agreeable, easy, pleasant, plum, soft, undemanding

Examples from the Web for cushy

Contemporary Examples of cushy

Historical Examples of cushy

  • 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.

  • That was our method afterwards, and the patrol was cushy for us.

  • 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 or cushiest

informal easy; comfortablea cushy job

Word Origin for cushy

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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