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 Some of the initiatives put in place by these major networks feel more like ways to suppress or hush up the community. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "What does it mean to truly have diversity in television?," 30 July 2020 But there would be no hushing the would’ve, could’ve and should’ve stemming from the events of June 4, 2000. oregonlive, "Devastating defeat: A look back at Portland Trail Blazers’ Game 7 loss to L.A. Lakers, 20 years later," 4 June 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Nixon’s associates paid hush money and dangled the prospect of executive clemency to the Watergate burglars to buy their silence, but that was off the table once the Watergate story broke open. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "In commuting Stone’s sentence, Trump goes where Nixon was not willing," 11 July 2020 The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot keep his tax returns and financial records away from a New York City prosecutor pursuing possible hush-money payments. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court says President Trump cannot keep tax, financial records from prosecutors," 10 July 2020 Prosecutors in New York can demand the release of President Trump’s income tax returns and financial records for an investigation of hush money payments, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Blood type among potential COVID-19 risk factors," 10 July 2020 The ruling vindicated New York prosecutors probing the President over an alleged hush money scheme. Stephen Collinson With Caitlin Hu, CNN, "'You cannot fight the pandemic with lies' -- Angela Merkel knows how to insert a dagger," 10 July 2020 Vance is conducting a criminal investigation into the president's business dealings and hush-money payments made to two women who alleged affairs with the president years before he was elected. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Supreme Court rules on Trump financial records," 9 July 2020 The state is seeking the documents as part of an investigation into potential state crimes relating to hush money payments made to pornography star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court expected to close out term with opinions on Trump financial records," 8 July 2020 The essential scents and sounds that attracted our attention to sports cars in the first place are not filtered here by whisper-hush mufflers, sound deadening, and emissions controls. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Survives Two C/D Tests," 23 June 2020 To be held on December 2, the show is being kept hush-hush for now, with no details about the location available. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Versace Will Host Its First-Ever Pre-Fall Runway Show in New York," 12 Oct. 2018 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

3 Aug 2020

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“Hush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hush. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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