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hush

verb \ ˈhəsh \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 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.

Recent Examples of hush from the Web

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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

Synonyms
calm (down), chill out [slang], cool, quiet, pipe down, settle (down)
Antonyms
act up, carry on, cut up
Related Words
dry up; relax, tranquilize (also tranquillize), unwind, zone out
Near Antonyms
clown (around), fool around, horse around, monkey (around), show off, skylark

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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


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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

Recent Examples of hush from the Web

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First Known Use of hush

1650



HUSH Defined for English Language Learners

hush

verb

Definition of hush for English Language Learners

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

  • : to become quiet


hush

noun

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.

2

hush

noun

Definition of hush for Students

: 1quiet
  • A hush fell over the room.


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