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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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Examples from the web for cushy
  • Inside, a raised platform holds a cushy foam mattress topped with a featherbed.
  • cushy rooms with sink-in wingbacks and marble showers.
  • My brother is an electrician, and he loves his job, but it's a bit more cushy than framing and roofing.
  • They're pretty cushy task chairs, but other, harder chairs in the past haven't made a difference.
  • When you get out of grad school, your job won't be cushy and without some tough co-workers or bosses.
  • Most of us don't have trust funds and won't get a cushy job in their uncle's business.
  • The experiments included would-be car buyers who, when seated in a cushy chair, were less likely to drive a stiff bargain.
  • cushy treatment of non-domiciled residents helps, he says.
  • As a result, they go with the biggest funds so that no one questions their cushy jobs.
  • At the top, there are often cushy, well-paid jobs for the children of the well connected.
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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