hush

verb
\ˈhəsh \
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

Other Kucinich supporters -- who apparently were paying closer attention to Kucinich's political ambitions - quickly and quietly hushed the man and then informed him that the event was about Kucinich's run for governor. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Talk It Out: Should Ohio lawmakers let communities write their own gun laws?," 26 Feb. 2018 Later on, however, after Gadsby announces her need to tell the true story, her voice goes hushed. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Nanette Rewrites the History of Art," 3 July 2018 The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. Stephen Whyno, Houston Chronicle, "Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive," 19 May 2018 The cringeworthy juxtaposition of evangelical leaders praying with Trump, as allegations of infidelity and hush money played out on TV, might have sunk a lesser president. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "“The Stormy News Cycle Cancels Out Russia”: Amid the President’s Legal Chernobyl, MAGA Nation Gives Trump Two Thumbs Up," 4 May 2018 Every chance to equalize or regain the lead was negated and hushed. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "Cyclones lose 4-2 to Komets, season ends after game five playoff loss," 22 Apr. 2018 Except Rudy Giuliani who had been on TV a lot, announced two weeks ago the president had reimbursed Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels hush money payment. Fox News, "N.Y. Times' mea culpa on FBI probe," 21 May 2018 Though centrally situated along a busy multilane boulevard, the hotel is soundproofed and feels insulated from the hubbub, thanks in part to its hushed, candlelit spaces and policy of admitting only hotel guests on the premises. Seth Sherwood, New York Times, "In Bangkok, an Intimate Hotel With an Inky Past," 14 Apr. 2018 The team did not allow a goal during the group state, then hushed Ronaldo in a 2-1 victory over Portugal to book a date with France. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "The World Cup is getting hot. If you haven’t been watching, this will catch you up," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Earlier this year, Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, acknowledged paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money just before the 2016 election. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "On 'Stormy Daniels Day,' West Hollywood to honor porn star with key to the city," 23 May 2018 Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity, the former New York City mayor and new member of the President’s legal team admitted that Trump repaid personal attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money given to Daniels. Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, "A Short History of President Trump's Changing Story on the Stormy Daniels Payoff," 3 May 2018 The investment firm gained attention this week in media reports about $500,000 in payments Columbus Nova made to a shell company that Cohen also had used to pay hush money to an adult film star who has alleged an affair with Trump. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Here's the Charlotte connection to payments made to Donald Trump's attorney | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 From its origins as a conduit to pay hush money, Essential Consultants LLC has evolved into a nexus in federal investigations buffeting the Trump administration. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "How a Firm That Paid Stormy Daniels Hush Money Became Enmeshed in Federal Probes," 10 May 2018 Giuliani wouldn’t rule out the president pleading the Fifth Amendment in the Mueller probe or or definitively answer questions about whether another Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, had paid hush money to other women. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani won’t rule out Trump pleading the Fifth Amendment in another bewildering interview," 6 May 2018 But the event also came at an awkward time for Trump, who is facing new questions after his lawyer admitted Wednesday that Trump had ultimately paid hush money to a pornographic actress just before the 2016 election. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump signs executive order giving more freedom to federally funded religious groups," 3 May 2018 In January, a story in the Wall Street Journal first revealed that Michael Cohen, Trump’s attorney paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money to stay quiet about a brief tryst in 2006. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / The Trump Era Stormy Daniels storms out of Chicago strip club: 'I got fired,' she says as weekend shows appear canceled," 15 June 2018 Last week, Rudy Giuliani, a member of Trump’s legal team, said that Trump had repaid his lawyer for the hush payment via installments. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Americans Like First Lady Melania Trump, Poll Shows," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Backed at first by his jazz trio, with orchestra soon joining, Porter sang at a hush, but with considerable emotional intensity and sustained tonal luster. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Gregory Porter sounds sumptuous with CSO," 12 June 2018 In one chapel, visitors fell into a hush: Maria Callas was singing Ave Maria and a mannequin-bride in an oceanic, unadorned Balenciaga wedding gown bowed her head beneath Christ on the Cross. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ Show Is Worth the Pilgrimage," 10 May 2018 The Dodgers' dugout eventually emptied with a hush. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Max Scherzer represents a tremendous lost opportunity for Dodgers," 21 Apr. 2018 Biden recalled his father saying, bringing the crowd to a hush. Jonathan Tamari, Philly.com, "Trump, Biden clash as Democrats hope ex-VP can win back working-class voters, maybe White House," 22 Mar. 2018 Cohen and Trump secured the 90-day delay by arguing the criminal investigation could overlap with the hush-payment case and that Cohen’s rights against self-incrimination would be violated if he were questioned in the Daniels suit. Erik Larson, Bloomberg.com, "Avenatti Seeks to Revive Hush Money Lawsuit After Trump’s Comments," 24 May 2018 Oh, hush hush, wink wink, that guy’s kind of a creep who’s the CEO,’ today that guy’s gone. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake on Why Gender Matters In the Business World," 3 May 2018 She's been very hush hush about it, of course—that's just her way. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Man Are Instagram Official," 22 Sep. 2015 There's no fighting when Aluna's breathy voice puts a hush on the room. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Songs About Unity & Coming Together," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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