\ ˈku̇-shē How to pronounce cushy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce cushily (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for cushy


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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Sitting in rapt attention in a cushy armchair in Bill’s office, Contessa hears more about what sets the Lawrence School apart. Leila Atassi,, "Could the Lawrence School be King Korper’s key to overcoming dyslexia?: A Greater Cleveland," 17 July 2019 Oklahoma City can be a cushy landing spot with lower expectations than Houston, and the Thunder fans are among the most supportive in the league. Michael Shapiro,, "Which NBA Stars Could Still be Dealt Following a Seismic Summer?," 15 July 2019 Here are tips to getting a cushy landing: Comparing carpet prices isn’t easy. Kevin Brasler, Washington Post, "The cost-conscious consumer’s guide to buying carpet," 9 July 2019 In a selfie posted today, the supermodel is posing coyly in a cushy chair, her legs crossed quite intentionally to expose the gaping wide hole across the back of her denim pants. Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski’s Wardrobe Malfunction Is Instagram Gold," 1 May 2019 The family loves to host family, friends, and neighbors on cushy couches and chairs scattered throughout the yard. Terri Akman,, "1870s West Philly home blends Victorian history with today's style," 26 June 2018 Today, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner stepped out in New York City wearing a particularly cushy pair by Louis Vuitton. Vogue, "Sophie Turner Steps Out in the Most Luxurious House Slipper," 2 Apr. 2019 Set on a petite bluff above the beach, cushy chaise lounges trim an infinity pool and 25-meter lap pool fashioned from Guatemalan marble that mimics the jade and cobalt hues of the ocean. Nora Walsh, Vogue, "Eco Idyll: Las Catalinas, the Car-Free Costa Rica Town, Welcomes a New Hotel," 4 Apr. 2019 Warm wood tones and cushy sofas covered in emerald velvet help set that curl-up-and-chill-for-a-while vibe. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Chic Over This Incredible Women's Club," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of cushy was in 1915

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English Language Learners Definition of cushy

informal : very easy and pleasant : involving little difficulty or effort

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something desired as essential

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