\ˈku̇-shē \
cushier; cushiest

Definition of cushy 

: entailing little hardship or difficulty a cushy job with a high salary

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cushily \ˈku̇-​shə-​lē \ adverb

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comfortable, comfy, cozy, easy, snug, soft



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Examples of cushy in a Sentence

His uncle got him a cushy job in the city government. a big cushy chair that's perfect for watching television

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That said, the middle row for adults is cushy and surrounded by plenty of wood, metal and leather. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "Cargo Showdown: Which Crossover SUV Is Best for Hauling Your Stuff?," 4 Aug. 2018 Capone had it pretty cushy in an Atlanta prison at the start of his sentence, according to Smithsonian magazine. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump tried to defend Paul Manafort by ... comparing him to Al Capone," 1 Aug. 2018 But, both couches seem to have a similarly cushy feel. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Bet You Can't Tell Which Sofa Costs $1,200—And Which Is $350," 8 Oct. 2018 This isn’t too different from having your feet in cushy, supportive sneakers every day. SELF, "7 Ways to Treat Your Feet During Marathon Training," 13 Sep. 2018 The film has proven to be a major box office success since its release last week, winning the weekend in America with a cushy $34 million. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Crazy Rich Asians" Is Getting a Sequel," 22 Aug. 2018 Just four years ago, Duque was a Washington suburbanite with a cushy job at an international development bank. Manuel Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Incoming Colombia president faces long list of challenges," 6 Aug. 2018 Rather, rewarding advocates of intolerance with a cushy position reveals a misunderstanding of how the forces of illiberalism work. Nicole Hemmer, Vox, "Ex-Trump staffers should not get plum jobs at elite universities," 24 July 2018 Driver’s Seat: Though the leather seats felt cushy and comfortable for average commutes, a long drive north in the Odyssey actually left me feeling a little stiff and uncomfortable. Scott Sturgis,, "Honda Odyssey shows minivan's (teensy bit of a) sporty side," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of cushy

1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cushy

Hindi ḵẖuś & Urdu khush from Persian khūsh

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English Language Learners Definition of cushy

: very easy and pleasant : involving little difficulty or effort

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