\ˈhəsh \
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

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Examples of hush in a Sentence


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.


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

And pass them along to their friends with hushed admiration and excitement for everything the mysterious Ferrante (whose real identity is — at least officially — a secret) accomplished? Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "HBO’s My Brilliant Friend adaptation is a knockout," 18 Nov. 2018 In a separate case, the Manhattan district attorney’s office in New York City is reportedly considering pushing criminal charges against the Trump Organization and two senior officials at the company over the Daniels hush money payment. John Roberts, Fox News, "Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg granted immunity in Michael Cohen case," 24 Aug. 2018 There was a step-and-repeat with W Hollywood logos, amps, and microphones in the hotel bar area waiting for their debut the following day, and the entire lobby had that hushed hustle a room gets when something is about to go down. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 The set of The Hate U Give could have been a somber, hushed place. Doria Santlofer, Glamour, "Amandla Stenberg: 'I Want to Express Myself as Authentically as I Can.'," 15 Oct. 2018 During the first sighing unison phrase of the prelude, the strings played with hushed yet penetrating tone, rising with a touch of hesitation and slowly swelling in sound and radiance, until the upper strings crested into delicate, lacy arpeggios. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Delivers a Magnificent ‘Parsifal’ at the Met," 6 Feb. 2018 Other Kucinich supporters -- who apparently were paying closer attention to Kucinich's political ambitions - quickly and quietly hushed the man and then informed him that the event was about Kucinich's run for governor. Mark Naymik,, "Talk It Out: Should Ohio lawmakers let communities write their own gun laws?," 26 Feb. 2018 Later on, however, after Gadsby announces her need to tell the true story, her voice goes hushed. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Nanette Rewrites the History of Art," 3 July 2018 The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

At the same time, the White House issued blanket denials when asked about a hush payment to Ms. Clifford and directed questions to Mr. Cohen, who had called the deal a private transaction between himself and the former adult-film star. Michael Rothfeld, WSJ, "Trump Directed Legal Action to Enforce Stormy Daniels’s Hush Agreement," 2 Oct. 2018 Historically, the Fed has gone to great lengths to be hush-hush. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How can Fed make investors uncertain? U-M professor says it's obvious," 22 June 2018 Davidson reportedly ordered the $93,000 ring at the end of May. Both stars have been pretty hush-hush about their pending nuptials otherwise, although the pairing’s already gotten approval from former co-stars and celebrity mentors alike., "Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande May Have Just Moved In Together," 17 June 2018 Weltman kept the process hush-hush from start to finish and asked potential candidates and their agents to remain mum, too. Josh Robbins,, "Orlando Magic trust veteran Steve Clifford to lead franchise transformation," 31 May 2018 Taking out the loans without telling creditors they were intended to be used as hush money could constitute fraud, according to Journal sources. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "FBI Probing Possible Banking Fraud by Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen: Report," 5 May 2018 Oh, hush hush, wink wink, that guy’s kind of a creep who’s the CEO,’ today that guy’s gone. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake on Why Gender Matters In the Business World," 3 May 2018 Earlier this year, Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, acknowledged paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money just before the 2016 election. Hailey Branson-potts,, "On 'Stormy Daniels Day,' West Hollywood to honor porn star with key to the city," 23 May 2018 Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former New York City mayor and new member of the President’s legal team admitted that Trump repaid personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money given to Daniels. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "A Short History of President Trump's Changing Story on the Stormy Daniels Payoff," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Daniels in March sued Trump and Essential Consultants, Cohen’s shell company, claiming the hush agreement is void because Trump never signed it. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Michael Cohen wants to scrap the Stormy Daniels NDA," 8 Sep. 2018 Then Ness comes over and speaks to him semiprivately, voice a hush. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 As soon as the film ended, there was a church-like hush as guests quietly made their way to the after-party at the Tavern on the Green. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Emma Thompson Just Wanted to Dance at the New York City Premiere for The Children Act," 12 Sep. 2018 The mile-long loop through that collection of giants felt hallowed, exemplary of Steinbeck’s cathedral hush. Robert Earle Howells,, "Should we hide the locations of Earth’s greatest trees?," 3 July 2018 The hush of most of the 7,360 fans in attendance made the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum feel more cavernous than usual. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer makes Astros history in blowout victory over A's," 8 May 2018 Backed at first by his jazz trio, with orchestra soon joining, Porter sang at a hush, but with considerable emotional intensity and sustained tonal luster. Howard Reich,, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 In one chapel, visitors fell into a hush: Maria Callas was singing Ave Maria and a mannequin-bride in an oceanic, unadorned Balenciaga wedding gown bowed her head beneath Christ on the Cross. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Show Is Worth the Pilgrimage," 10 May 2018 The Dodgers' dugout eventually emptied with a hush. Bill Plaschke,, "Max Scherzer represents a tremendous lost opportunity for Dodgers," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to become quiet



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

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


\ˈhəsh \
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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