\ 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



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

The tone is hushed, domestic, affectionate, with no Dostoevskian scenery-chewing or Tolstoyan efforts to nail down the meaning of life. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 Mar. 2019 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 So hush up, Leah, about the spanking new convention center feeling as generic as the towel section of Target; this is the lifeblood of our town. Leah Garchik,, "Wider than a mile, solstice on Bernal," 24 June 2018 Getting to know you The outreaches are seen as a way to interact with people who might see libraries as still a place to just get a book and be hushed up, Koszalka said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Library-lovers a tough bunch in West Allis," 25 May 2018 An observer clapped once at the back of the room before De Paolo hushed him. Kate Morrissey,, "National City mother in viral arrest video to be released from immigration detention," 20 Mar. 2018 In an attempt to hush the interior further, Prestige models also gain acoustic-glass front windows. Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A4," 28 Feb. 2018 Word has been hushed so far, but the cookie company did retweet a Cosmopolitan article featuring 15-ounce jars of ready-to-eat dough. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Nestlé Toll House is making cookie dough you are supposed to eat. No, seriously," 28 June 2019 Still, the record has dozens of guest stars, from the comic Jerrod Carmichael to the electro-pop veteran La Roux, scattered across lo-fi interludes and hushed refrains. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Ed Sheeran and Friends," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000 in hush money following the encounter. Ken Ritter, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutor: Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won't face Vegas rape charge," 22 July 2019 And anyone who pays hush money to cover up false allegations is only encouraging more extortion. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Jeffrey Epstein’s scandal of secrecy points to a creeping rot in the American justice system," 19 June 2019 When allegations/rumors/whispers emerge regarding Trump's personal life, those two men used the tools at their disposal -- money, hush agreements, catch/kill -- to ensure those stories never see the light of day. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "There's a very disturbing pattern of silencing Donald Trump's accusers emerging," 12 Apr. 2018 Although additional embarrassing disclosures about the hush money scheme may still emerge, the legal threat to Trump and his company appears to have been lifted. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Federal prosecutors end hush-money investigation involving Trump," 17 July 2019 On the beach, suddenly, a hush spreads over the necropsy team. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Details about their relationship were kept pretty hush and the pair eventually went their separate ways. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ian Somerhalder's Love Life," 1 July 2019 Democrats want to focus on five incidents related to possible obstruction of justice by the president plus an incident involving payment of hush money to an adult film actress, according to a congressional aide. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Hope Hicks Refuses to Answer Questions on Time in White House," 19 June 2019 Specifically, Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money, and Giuliani wants everyone to know that despite reports to the contrary, Trump definitely paid Cohen back. Luke Darby, GQ, "Giuliani Becomes Latest Lawyer to Make the President's Life a Living Nightmare," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is serving a 3-year prison sentence for campaign-finance violations and other charges, some of which are related to the hush-money payments. oregonlive, "Donald Trump’s impeachment will happen this fall, key House Democrat says: ‘I don’t think there’s much doubt about that’," 4 Sep. 2019 If Kylie Jenner is coy enough to hide her pregnancy from the public for nearly nine months, then keeping her wedding plans hush-hush may not necessarily be out of her league either. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wedding Rumors Fly After Kylie Jenner Is Photographed with This Dress," 7 Aug. 2019 Because Christina is dead set on keeping it hush hush, she can't be seen waltzing into a bridal store without the paparazzi going into a frenzy. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here's How Christina Anstead Planned Her Super Secret Wedding in Just 40 Days," 19 July 2019 The documents had been filed in June but withheld from public view as part of Mayorga’s lawsuit alleging that Ronaldo or his associates allowed word to become public last year of a $375,000 hush-money settlement with Mayorga in 2010. Washington Post, "Ronaldo lawyers file documents after Vegas rape case ruling," 7 Aug. 2019 From glowing hushes to powerful proclamations, the singing was finely focused, tautly tuned and eloquently expressive. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 The word pierced a momentary hush that had settled over the packed courtroom, where a line of people stretched out into the hall. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA," 28 June 2019 The rhythm of the day slows and the expansive loggia is enveloped in a tranquil hush. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Spectacular Italian-style Eagle Ridge estate," 11 June 2019 The hush-money payment to McDougal remained secret until The Wall Street Journal published a story about it days before Election Day. Fortune, "Records Detail Frenetic Effort to Bury Stories About Trump," 18 July 2019

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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 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.



Kids Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

: quiet entry 1 A hush fell over the room.

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to make a temporary encampment

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