\ 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



Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Definition of hush (Entry 3 of 3)

: a silence or calm especially following noise : quiet

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A quarter of a century later, Wolf has yet to hush up. Tom Layberger, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 And are other people in the party telling him to hush up and not talk about this? Robert Goulder, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Despite glittering blankets of snow that hush the region; despite warm, colorful hats that perhaps were holiday gifts; despite rugged, skid-proof boots ... these are months that chill us. cleveland, 31 Jan. 2022 Democrats and voting-rights activists aren’t unaware of these facts but hush up about them so as not to undercut the voter-suppression story line. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Beijing routinely uses market access as a powerful leverage to force Western business to hush up on human rights, or to toe its lines on issues such as Taiwan and Hong Kong. Nectar Gan And Steve George, CNN, 19 Nov. 2021 Enjoy the music and the company of other people who know to hush when it’s being made. al, 29 Oct. 2021 Perry is legitimately desperate, yet stuck in a society that wants to hush him up for expressing despair. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, 4 Oct. 2021 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd., 9 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The smell of fried delicacies like catfish and hush puppies wafts through the air. Sunset Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 At Leon’s Poultry & Oyster Shop, dinner guests waiting for a table congregated outside the former auto-body shop while servers delivered heaping plates of oysters, shrimp and hush puppies on the other side of the potted plants. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Executive chef Michael Crouch leads the kitchen, serving items like tartare dishes ($17-$22), a-la-carte charcuterie (market price), and dishes like a salad, lobster hush puppies, and Bolognese meatballs ($11-$19). Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2022 They are served with French fries, hush puppies and a choice of coleslaw or macaroni and cheese. cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 French fries, hush puppies, mac and cheese, coleslaw, applesauce. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2022 And for most people, one dinner — overflowing with filets, fries, hush puppies — easily feeds two. Amy Drew Thompson,, 25 Feb. 2022 The menu focuses on traditional Lowcountry dishes but with an Asian twist, such as the fish fry (shrimp, catfish, clam strips and hush puppies) with a choice of sides, including a marinated cucumber salad with sesame oil and shiso. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Knowing when to share your knowledge and resources with your community versus keeping it hush will separate you from your competition. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How to explain the song that somehow emerges out of the same chords strummed over and over; the commotion and sense of impending doom backstage and then the pin-drop hush on opening night; the vast stillness that precedes the decisive gesture? New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 That cathedral hush is indeed one sort of religious experience. Dave Lucas, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 The silence in McPherson’s head was similar to the hush that fell over Nissan Stadium in Nashville and Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City after McPherson sent the Titans and Chiefs home for the winter. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Last summer in Japan, similar no-cheering hush was contemplated for the Olympics before organizers decided to run the Tokyo Games with largely empty venues. Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2022 The majority of the Bay Area’s tech company HQs are still shuttered, and inside the firm’s office, the hush suggests the lawyers, too, are working from home. Fortune, 15 Feb. 2022 Late in the second quarter, a hush fell over the arena when starting small forward Lauri Markkanen landed awkwardly on his right leg. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 22 Jan. 2022 With not even a breath of wind and a fresh cover of snow, the pond had a soothing hush over it. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Dec. 2021 The night before finals, my mom and I were in the lobby, desperately trying to social distance from unmasked guests, when a small hush fell over the crowd. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hush


1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hush


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

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30 Apr 2022

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More Definitions for hush


\ 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.



Kids Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

: quiet entry 1 A hush fell over the room.

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