hush

verb
\ ˈhəsh How to pronounce hush (audio) \
hushed; hushing; hushes

Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

hush

adjective

Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 3)

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

hush

noun

Definition of hush (Entry 3 of 3)

: a silence or calm especially following noise : quiet

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Examples of hush in a Sentence

Verb The woman in the seat behind me was trying to hush her baby. The judge hushed the spectators. The spectators hushed as the judge entered the courtroom. Noun the storm passed, and a hush fell over the sea a hush fell over the auditorium as the lights went down
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was no need to hush the crowd, since no fans were surrounding the Giants' diamond course. Star Tribune, "Fungo golf for Giants pitchers; fans for MLB spring games," 25 Feb. 2021 The Diacks were convicted last month in a Paris court on corruption charges including extorting athletes to hush up doping cases. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, "IOC denies media claim of meddling in French investigation," 9 Oct. 2020 Even the families of victims, wary of scandal or feeling a misplaced sense of shame, tend to hush it up. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "The 22-Year-Old Force Behind Egypt’s Growing #MeToo Movement," 2 Oct. 2020 Cai spoke out in Ren's defense, only to be warned herself by the Party to hush up. Cnn Staff, CNN, "China's Communist Party is a threat to the world, says former elite insider," 22 Aug. 2020 Some of the initiatives put in place by these major networks feel more like ways to suppress or hush up the community. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "What does it mean to truly have diversity in television?," 30 July 2020 But there would be no hushing the would’ve, could’ve and should’ve stemming from the events of June 4, 2000. oregonlive, "Devastating defeat: A look back at Portland Trail Blazers’ Game 7 loss to L.A. Lakers, 20 years later," 4 June 2020 By Eve Sneider Gina, who asked to be identified only by a pseudonym, recalls hearing the chaotic rumblings of office staff rushing around outside the room, and hushed voices talking about emergency conference calls. Monique Brouillette, Wired, "Covid-19 Creates Long, Anxious Waits for Fertility Treatments," 28 May 2020 Mazars’ role, if any, in the Stormy Daniels hush money scandal remains unclear. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The hush money Nixon paid the Plumbers was intended to keep them from talking about the crimes against Ellsberg as much as the Watergate break-in. Christian Appy, The Conversation, "How Richard Nixon’s obsession with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers sowed the seeds for the president’s downfall," 23 Apr. 2021 Byron is from Montana, his estranged father is a mailman, Byron’s mother and brother left during his childhood, and Byron has since had to pay his mystery sibling hush money to maintain the Gogol charade. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Does The Made For Love Finale Make Hazel Into A Monster Too?," 16 Apr. 2021 The state subpoenaed the documents as part of an investigation into potential state crimes relating to a hush money payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Judge orders New York and Trump lawyers to provide 'potential areas for further argument' in financial records case," 10 July 2020 In 2018, the office obtained a guilty plea from Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s onetime fixer, on campaign finance violations, including a charge that stemmed from a $130,000 hush-money payment to the adult film star Stormy Daniels. New York Times, "Manhattan Is On Track to Have Its First Black U.S. Attorney," 23 Mar. 2021 Vance is conducting a wide-ranging investigation that includes examining whether Trump or his businesses lied about the value of assets to gain favorable loan terms and tax benefits, and hush-money payments paid to women on Trump's behalf. Michael R. Sisak, USA TODAY, "NYC prosecutor leading Trump probe won't seek re-election," 12 Mar. 2021 Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance first began investigating Mr. Trump in 2018, and initially targeted hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign to adult film star Stormy Daniels by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Prosecutors question ex-wife of the son of Trump Organization's CFO," 19 Mar. 2021 Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison partly for crimes connected to the hush money. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Can Cyrus Vance, Jr., Nail Trump?," 12 Mar. 2021 The investigation began in 2018 when Vance’s office began looking into hush money paid to Stormy Daniels. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, "Manhattan DA Cy Vance will not seek reelection, Trump case pending," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As far as Goldsberry and her role go, things are on the hush. Shelby Stewart, Chron, "Houston native Renée Elise Goldsberry to act in Marvel series 'She-Hulk'," 16 Apr. 2021 The roads cleared and a stunning hush descended over the nation of 1.4 billion. New York Times, "In India, Second Wave of Covid-19 Prompts a New Exodus," 14 Apr. 2021 When broadcasts confirmed an execution had been carried out, Taylor said, a hush fell on death row, followed by a chorus of curses. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, "On federal death row, inmates talk about Biden, executions," 22 Mar. 2021 The town, which spends much of the year in a snowbound hush, was enveloped in a media storm. New York Times, "Furor in Japanese Town Casts Light on Fukushima’s Legacy," 10 Mar. 2021 Visually these sequences give way to heated images in which the hush of darkness is cut through by the glare of a camera light as Jules takes pictures of herself for ShyGuy118 wearing cerulean lingerie. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, "Euphoria Special Recap: Most Girls," 25 Jan. 2021 Just then, in the near distance, a sound cut the hush: the thwopping of helicopter blades. Cassidy Randall, Time, "How One Man Survived a Plane Crash and 5 Days in the Snowy Canadian Wilderness—and Went On to Help Shape the Modern Ski Industry," 27 Dec. 2020 The hush returned, broken by Gow’s desperate panting. Cassidy Randall, Time, "How One Man Survived a Plane Crash and 5 Days in the Snowy Canadian Wilderness—and Went On to Help Shape the Modern Ski Industry," 27 Dec. 2020 The air was cool and conditioned, and carried its own kind of quiet hush. Te-ping Chen, The Atlantic, "Shanghai Murmur," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hush

Verb

1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hush

Verb

back-formation from husht hushed, from Middle English hussht, from huissht, interjection used to enjoin silence

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13 Mar 2021

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“Hush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hush. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for hush

hush

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

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

hush

verb
\ ˈhəsh How to pronounce hush (audio) \
hushed; hushing

Kids Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or become quiet, calm, or still : soothe He hushed the baby.

hush

noun

Kids Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

: quiet entry 1 A hush fell over the room.

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