Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A dish made by frying or boiling cornmeal or crumbled cornbread with grease and often other ingredients such as pieces of meat or onion.

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  • adj. Excellent, very good.
  • n. Shortened form of cushion, the soft lip around the edge of the table that allows the balls to bounce cleanly.

Etymologies

From cushty, from Romani kushto, kushti ("good"). (Wiktionary)
From cushion. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When their curiosity was satisfied, they then appeared to consider our condition, and having obtained the old king's permission, they brought us a calabash full of cush-cush, that is,

    The Privateersman

  • When their curiosity was satisfied, they then appeared to consider our condition, and having obtained the old king's permission, they brought us a calabash full of cush-cush, that is Guinea corn boiled into a thick paste.

    The Privateer's-Man One hundred Years Ago

  • To the north there is a slip of limestone land, from Kilgarvon to Cabbina-cush, that is six miles east of

    A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779

  • The good news is that I have understated our assets, and there is a trust that factors in to add a "cush" factor.

    Need your advice on our "PLAN"

  • The surroundings had a kind of buoyancy even to the spirits of the badly clad and badly fed soldiers, which caused their stale bread and "cush" to be eaten with a relish.

    History of Kershaw's Brigade

  • They would "stick up" an occasional wayfarer for his "cush," and they carried "canisters" and sometimes fired them off, but these things do not signify the cutting of ice.

    The Prince and Betty

  • Sometimes they will chop up the young onions, leaves, bulb and all, into this "cush," as they call it.

    The old plantation : how we lived in great house and cabin before the war,

  • Cold cornbread or hard-tack crumbled into a tin can and boiled with perhaps a few scraps of meat was "cush" and "cush" tasted good, hot off the coals, after a hard day's march or fighting.

    A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A.

  • Each square foot of the patent BounceBack basketball surface contains over 1,000 shock absorbers, providing the highest level of 'cush' for high impact competitive play as well as superior ball performance.

    PRWeb - Daily News Feed

  • The only thing I can think of is that most of the people I've approached are "cush".

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  • I always thought this word was the order a camel was given to kneel so it could be loaded with a pack or boarded. I thought it might literally mean "kneel". It may be an Arabic word.

    June 24, 2009

  • cush-y, cush-ion

    March 22, 2009