\ 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 latter counts pertain to hush-money payments Cohen says Trump was aware of. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Cohen lawyer backpedals on Trump-Russia claims, as bombshell reports called into question," 27 Aug. 2018 When the plane stopped, the mood on board was hushed and somber, Shults recalled, as everyone waited until EMTs could board to take care of Riordan. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EAA: Southwest pilot recounts harrowing flight with blown engine, rapid depressurization," 23 July 2019 The lullaby hummed by the existence of a thoughtful President began to unwittingly hush many of us to sleep. Brittany Packnett, Time, "How Ferguson Woke Us Up," 8 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The subpoena stems from the office's criminal investigation into the Trump Organization about hush money payments made to two women who have alleged affairs with the president. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump's tax returns, Israelis vote on Netanyahu's political future & 'Dancing' the political twist: The Morning Rundown," 17 Sep. 2019 The hush money payments were not initially reported on campaign finance documents and far exceeded the legal limits on contributions. Fortune, "Records Detail Frenetic Effort to Bury Stories About Trump," 18 July 2019 There’s also the fact that Trump has been implicated -- though not charged -- in a criminal act: the payment of hush money to two women before the 2016 election. Washington Post, "Your Questions About Impeachment, Answered," 18 Sep. 2019 Details about the upcoming Downton Abbey movie are being kept hush hush ahead of its September 20 premiere, but fans of the popular period drama do know that the film centers around a royal visit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Royal Family's Many Connections to Downton Abbey," 8 Sep. 2019 Mueller also initiated the investigation into Cohen, who pleaded guilty in New York to campaign finance violations arising from the hush money payments and in the Mueller probe to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal. al, "Congress and the country wait for findings in Mueller report," 23 Mar. 2019 Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney, also admitted to paying adult film actress, Stormy Daniels, $130,000 in hush money to keep their affair a secret. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump Administration ‘The Most Corrupt Administration Of Our Lifetimes’," 16 Sep. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Natalia Vodianova, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Rachele Regini, Sofia Sanchez de Betak, and more were on hand for the grand bal masqué, rubbing shoulders in the hush of the restaurant’s sequestered salons. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Famed Left Bank Eatery Lapérouse Reopens With a Decadent Dinner," 20 June 2019 Hastert, 77, is being sued by the former student-athlete for the unpaid balance of an unwritten $3.5 million hush-money pact. Christy Gutowski,, "As trial approaches, lawyer in Hastert hush-money lawsuit alleges possible perjury," 13 Sep. 2019 Details about the upcoming Downton Abbey movie are being kept hush hush ahead of its September 20 premiere, but fans of the popular period drama do know that the film centers around a royal visit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Royal Family's Many Connections to Downton Abbey," 8 Sep. 2019 The location for each is still hush-hush, but the Urban Circuit will take place in February 2020 and the cave circuit will be in August 2020. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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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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