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hush

verb \ ˈhəsh \
Updated on: 20 May 2018

Definition of hush

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
: to become quiet

Examples of hush in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of hush

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

hush Synonyms


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hush

adjective

Definition of hush

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

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First Known Use of hush

1602

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hush

noun

Definition of hush

: a silence or calm especially following noise : quiet

Examples of hush in a Sentence

  1. the storm passed, and a hush fell over the sea

  2. a hush fell over the auditorium as the lights went down

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First Known Use of hush

1650

in the meaning defined above

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HUSH Defined for English Language Learners

hush

Definition of hush for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become quiet


hush

Definition of hush for English Language Learners

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


HUSH Defined for Kids

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hush

verb \ ˈhəsh \

Definition of hush for Students

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

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hush

noun

Definition of hush for Students

: 1quiet
  • A hush fell over the room.


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