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

hush

adjective

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 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 Stone beat Philipp Grubauer on the glove side to hush what had been a boisterous crowd. Staff And News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021 The Giants quickly capitalized on the spectacular heist, tallying three runs off Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning to hush the ballpark’s buzz in an 8-5 victory. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Bregman homered in the first inning to momentarily hush those haters, but his miscue in the sixth with the game tied 3-3 doomed Houston. courant.com, 4 May 2021 There was no need to hush the crowd, since no fans were surrounding the Giants' diamond course. Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The one-time fixer for Trump, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for a series of crimes, most notably secret hush-money payments made during the final months of the 2016 presidential campaign to two women alleging affairs with Trump. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 21 July 2021 Nothing on the alleged hush money paid to Stormy Daniels or inflating assets, as Michael Cohen testified before Congress. ABC News, 4 July 2021 Investigators also have been looking into hush-money payments made to women who alleged to have had an affair with Trump. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 The probe initially targeted hush-money payments made by former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign to adult film star Stormy Daniels, but later widened to look at possible crimes such as fraud and tax evasion. Cassidy Mcdonald, CBS News, 2 July 2021 His office has looked into hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf and truthfulness in the company's property valuations and tax assessments, among other matters. Michael R. Sisak, Chron, 1 July 2021 Vance’s investigation initially focused on the Trump Organization’s reimbursement, through Weisselberg’s office, of hush-money payments made by Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer. BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2021 His office has looked into hush-money payments paid to women on Trump’s behalf and truthfulness in the company’s property valuations and tax assessments, among other matters. Michael R. Sisak, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 Prosecutors also have been weighing hush-money payments made to women on Trump's behalf and how that money was documented. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, grasping at his left knee while a hush fell over the arena. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, grasping at his left knee while a hush fell over the arena. Paul Newberry, ajc, 30 June 2021 There was a hush in Atlanta Tuesday night even though the Atlanta Hawks were way ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks in the third quarter. Mike Hart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2021 The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, grasping at his left knee while a hush fell over the arena. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, grasping at his left knee while a hush fell over the arena. Paul Newberry, ajc, 30 June 2021 The Bucks star landed awkwardly and went down in a heap, grasping at his left knee while a hush fell over the arena. The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 June 2021 Mechanical and systems engineers, computational-fluid-dynamics analysts and software developers worked in a quiet hush in front of wide monitors. New York Times, 24 June 2021 The song’s most moving moments come in its bridge, where the instruments settle to a hush before bubbling back up, slowly rebuilding their intensity. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Hush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hush. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for hush

hush

verb

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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