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1hush

verb \ˈhəsh\

: to make (someone) quiet, calm, or still

: to become quiet

Full Definition of HUSH

transitive verb
1
:  calm, quiet <hushed the children as they entered the library>
2
:  to put at rest :  mollify
3
:  to keep from public knowledge :  suppress <hush the story up>
intransitive verb
:  to become quiet

Examples of HUSH

  1. The woman in the seat behind me was trying to hush her baby.
  2. The judge hushed the spectators.
  3. The spectators hushed as the judge entered the courtroom.

Origin of HUSH

back-formation from husht hushed, from Middle English hussht, from huissht, interjection used to enjoin silence
First Known Use: 1546

2hush

adjective

Definition of HUSH

1
archaic :  silent, still
2
:  intended to prevent the dissemination of certain information <hush money>

First Known Use of HUSH

1602

3hush

noun

: a time of silence, stillness, or calm especially after noise

Full Definition of HUSH

:  a silence or calm especially following noise :  quiet

Examples of HUSH

  1. <the storm passed, and a hush fell over the sea>
  2. <a hush fell over the auditorium as the lights went down>

First Known Use of HUSH

1650

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