hush puppy


chiefly Southern US and south Midland US
: cornmeal dough shaped into small balls and fried in deep fat
usually used in plural

Examples of hush puppy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fry the hush puppies in batches, 3 minutes or until golden brown. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 24 Nov. 2023 Season the hush puppies to taste with more salt, and serve immediately. Saveur Editors, Saveur, 26 Oct. 2023 The hush puppies are generously studded with diced jalapeño. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 Those hush puppies are superb, with a tender, sweet crumb beneath a crisp golden brown crust. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 Hush Public House Dine-in and takeout $55/person Three courses Start with either crab hush puppies, butcher’s country pate with Noble bread or a little gem salad. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2023 Prepare them for your next cookout as the ultimate crunchy side dish. 12 Hush Puppies Nothing beats a classic hush puppy recipe. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 28 July 2023 In town, order a glass of skin-contact wine, blue-corn hush puppies, and trout rillettes at Bin 707 Foodbar. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 22 July 2023 The dining scene, of course, spotlights Southern cuisine, with fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, hush puppies, and she-crab soup as staples. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 See More

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Word History


from its occasional use as food for dogs

First Known Use

circa 1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hush puppy was circa 1918

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“Hush puppy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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