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

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 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 American pestilence popped up periodically afterward, at least since the Barbary Plague was hushed up in Gilded Age San Francisco for fear of ruining the booming local produce industry, circa 1900. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: U.S. should build a memorial ‘plague column’ for COVID-19, but where? Here’s an idea," 5 May 2020 Evidence of government cover-ups is rife, from the silencing of initial whistleblowers to the revelation that state leaders hushed up the crisis for at least six crucial days, so distrust of official tallies runs deep. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Wuhan just revised its Covid-19 death toll up by 50%," 16 Apr. 2020 The quicksilver repartee for which Sir Tom is renowned is hushed. The Economist, "Laughter in the dark Tom Stoppard’s haunting new play about the Holocaust," 13 Feb. 2020 But inside Falvey Memorial Library, in a hushed, confined, first-floor corner that, while heated, wasn’t much larger than a utility closet, a couple of Villanova ballplayers were taking batting practice, 2018 style. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Taking a swing at virtual reality: how Villanova baseball is using tech to improve at the plate," 10 May 2018 People had to figure out how to hush all the fritzing, hissing, and crying, lest the racket attract the hungry aliens. Bruce Handy, The New Yorker, "Shhh! Choosing to Be Very Afraid," 9 Mar. 2020 Febres answered with another buzzer-beating bomb to hush the crowd again, but the Longhorns were almost out of offense and on their heels defensively. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas holds on to edge TCU," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In August 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations related to facilitating hush money payments to two women who alleged romantic affairs with Trump. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to be released from prison," 20 May 2020 Weltman has kept his hiring process as hush-hush as possible. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic could have interest in Kelvin Sampson for coaching job," 16 May 2018 While most royal warrant holders are hush-hush about their customers, Floris has a small museum in the back of the shop with letters and archived receipts from various palaces and high-wattage clientele like Sir Winston Churchill (Special No. Amy Tara Koch, New York Times, "A Road Map to Shopping Like a Royal in London," 9 May 2018 The Fancy Brigade Association was as hush-hush as Golden Crown. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "Mummers scandal? Fancy Brigade winner enlists lawyer as misconduct claims fly," 30 Jan. 2018 The couple drew headlines in the late 1980s in a scandal that had Bakker paying hush money to hide an affair with Jessica Hahn, a church secretary. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Televangelist Jim Bakker sued for selling fake coronavirus cure," 12 Mar. 2020 Prosecutors in the office are investigating the role of the president and his business in hush-money payments made to two women just before the 2016 presidential election. BostonGlobe.com, "Appeals court rules president must turn over 8 years of tax returns - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 Wide net for a reason The scope of Ring's partnerships with police was at first kept very hush-hush. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "The House wants to know what Ring is doing with footage from your house," 21 Feb. 2020 The existence of the hush-hush affair stayed quiet until The Wall Street Journal caught wind of it and published this revealing account on Sunday. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Inside the Private Meeting of Top Crypto Investors and Government Officials—Data Sheet," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As visitors amble around this 0.8-mile loop, they’ll be greeted with a characteristic hush—ground plants like redwood sorrel and ferns dampen nearby city sounds. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "The 25 Best Accessible Trails in America," 15 Jan. 2020 A few months later Cyrus Vance, Manhattan’s district attorney, sought similar records for a grand-jury investigation into Mr Trump’s alleged hush-money payoffs to an adult film star and a Playboy model before the election in 2016. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s finances The Supreme Court will not agree on the president's taxes," 16 May 2020 In 2018, Vance’s office began an investigation, based on public reporting about alleged hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf to women before the 2016 election. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A guide to the Supreme Court’s hearing on Trump’s financial records," 11 May 2020 But the contact with China was certainly serious enough that Feinstein forced the aide into retirement and tried to keep all this hush, hush until the Chronicle blew the lid off of it. Fox News, "Scaramucci: President Trump is winning on border security," 8 Aug. 2018 Wide net for a reason The scope of Ring's partnerships with police was at first kept very hush-hush. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "The House wants to know what Ring is doing with footage from your house," 21 Feb. 2020 Details of the film was kept extremely hush, hush until Netflix accidentally leaked the title, release date and plot online in August. Will Thorne, chicagotribune.com, "‘Breaking Bad’ movie: Watch Aaron Paul run for his life in full trailer," 24 Sep. 2019 The crowd hushes and parts when Chopra and Jonas enter, around 9:00 p.m., Wolfe Herd following behind them. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Inside Dating-App Bumble’s Bid For Global Domination," 18 Apr. 2019 There is a hush as the field sets off at a lick, disappearing briefly behind a copse before emerging to climb to the high point of the course ahead of a sweeping downhill right-hander into the final straight. Rob Hodgetts At Longchamp, CNN, "48 hours in Paris among racing's beautiful people," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hush. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for hush

hush

verb
How to pronounce hush (audio)

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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