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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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  • It has become trench etiquette to tell the relieving battalion that it is taking over a cushy position.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • Then I shall receive ironical congratulations on my "cushy" job.

    A Student in Arms Donald Hankey
  • The best thing we could wish a man was a "cushy wound," one that would not prove fatal, or a "Blighty one."

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • That was our method afterwards, and the patrol was cushy for us.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • E ain't bloody well goin' to do 'is bloody solderin' in a 'cushy' job in Blighty—like some of 'em.

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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