Definition of cushy in US English:

cushy

adjective

informal
  • 1(of a job, task, or situation) undemanding, easy, or secure.

    ‘cushy jobs that pay you to ski’
    • ‘Oh, and did I mention that 12 months prior I had chucked in a cushy job in a University Science department to pursue this dream?’
    • ‘Moreover, one finds very few of them leaving their cushy job and affluent lifestyle to act on their stated principles and live in some non-Western society.’
    • ‘By raising the cost of city contracts, these laws make privatization efforts less appealing and thus protect the cushy jobs of city workers.’
    • ‘We have heard some extremely depressing news from a large number of male officers and staff that bad managers are promoted or sidelined or moved to a cushy job.’
    • ‘What would possess a person to go from a decent, albeit kinda cushy job at the studio in Rockefeller Center to the front lines of battle?’
    • ‘He resigned his cushy job in 2002 to pursue his goals in Kalahandi.’
    • ‘Engineering and medicine apart, the biosciences are throwing up lots of cushy jobs.’
    • ‘Do your 20 years in the army, get your pension, then slide in to a rather cushy job in the House on the Hill.’
    • ‘At this point, I remarked to myself what a cushy job this young man and the other American officers operating the facility had.’
    • ‘Their attitude is that if they keep their jackboot to the throat of the worker then their nice cushy jobs, with perks and pensions, will be guaranteed.’
    • ‘With the support of the ad agency's unlikeable owners, Greer delivers an ultimatum: book into detox or lose your cushy job.’
    • ‘After all, these CARICOM guys have cushy jobs, and if CARICOM went away, they might have to go out and get real work.’
    • ‘Once they are into their cushy jobs you never hear from them.’
    • ‘Tough though their lives are, I'd rather be one of them than a pitiful middle-class media sow who holds down a cushy job from home, employs a nanny and expects applause for putting one foot in front of the other.’
    • ‘Normally reviewing a programme without watching it would be regarded as a dereliction of a rather cushy job, but when I tell you the title of this particular programme perhaps you'll understand.’
    • ‘You do not have the right to a cushy job without earning it.’
    • ‘Often, their good work on the political battlefield was rewarded with party preselection, or cushy jobs as ministerial aides, and careers in politics.’
    • ‘In 2001, this software professional quit his cushy job at Genesis International and enrolled at New York Film Academy.’
    • ‘A cushy job pulling in clients for a big law firm might be tough to come by if the powers-that-be take away your lawyering licence.’
    • ‘That leaves him, four months after quitting a cushy job and two months after what was undoubtedly the worst day in the history of commercial aviation, relaunching a failing airline.’
    easy, undemanding, untaxing
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  • 2North American (of furniture) comfortable.

    • ‘He sat down on a cushy chair near the couch I was propped up on, my shoes on the concrete floor.’
    • ‘‘Sorry, it totally slipped my mind,’ I answer politely and take my usual seat in the cushy chair opposing him.’
    • ‘I stopped talking, and relaxed in the cushy seat to hear the light whooshing sound of the train speeding along the track.’
    • ‘A touch exhausted from her wind-riding adventure, she laid down, reclining comfortably on her cushy bed.’
    • ‘Katherine sat down in a nice cushy chair weakly.’
    • ‘‘The food and the champagne and the big, cushy seat are nice,’ he says.’
    • ‘I settled back into my comfortable position on the cushy chair I had gotten from a furniture store.’
    • ‘We've just moved from the dining room but there's another big oval table and some more cushy chairs…’
    • ‘They won't care if we sleep in their foyer, they look like the type of place to have soft cushy couches.’
    • ‘One last time, her eyes flickered over the shadows of her belongings, her keyboard, flute stand, dresser, and finally, her favourite cushy chair.’
    • ‘Thanks for giving me such a nice, cushy seat at the table.’
    • ‘When I woke up in the morning, I was lying on a cushy bed.’
    • ‘It seemed to drag on forever, with intervals of my interrupting sister, saying that the seats were too cushy or hard, or the windows were too clear or dusty, or it was too bright or dark.’
    • ‘Roz asked her as Abbey settled into the cushy chair.’
    • ‘Andy sighed and leaned into the cushy bench seat.’
    • ‘His office was spacious, and filled with lots of cushy chairs.’
    • ‘Twice and Samson sat down in cushy chairs opposite her.’
    • ‘With deep cushy furniture, a wall of books, an original fireplace, and no television, the library is one of Dan's favorite places to put up his feet.’
    • ‘This is a really fun bar with comfy couches and soft cushy tables.’
    • ‘It was painted a deep grey, and the contents within were a bed, a small table, and a cushy chair by the closed up window.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally Anglo-Indian): from Urdu ḵushī ‘pleasure’, from Persian ḵuš.

Pronunciation

cushy

/ˈko͝oSHē//ˈkʊʃi/