Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Apr 3 22:58:52 UTC 2005

>... "cushy" (which is of Anglo-Indian origin, from Hindi _khush_ 'pleasure').

So say OED and HDAS and MW3 (not RHUD or AHD however).

Compare "cushy job" [OED, 1916] with earlier "cushiony job" [OED, 1908] in
apparently similar sense.

I suppose there is some evidence to favor "cushy" < Hindi "khush" (=
"happy" or so) over other possibilities, particularly the obvious "cushy" <
"cushiony" < "cushion"?

-- Doug Wilson

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