\ˈshəsh, ˈshu̇sh \
shushed; shushing; shushes

Definition of shush 

transitive verb

: to urge to be quiet : hush

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shush noun

Synonyms for shush


dumb, extinguish, hush, mute, quell, quiet, quieten [chiefly British], settle, shut up, silence, squelch, still

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Examples of shush in a Sentence

The librarian shushed the noisy children.

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That occasion memorably gave us Duchess Meghan in a chic pink off-the-shoulder suit and a viral photo of William’s reaction as cousin Savannah Phillips shushed George. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Go, Dad, go! Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a blast at William’s polo match," 10 June 2018 Students and teachers scrambled, some out into a hallway and others into a supply closet, shushing each other in an effort to elude detection. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "The lives lost at Santa Fe High School," 19 May 2018 Over and over again, Karp is seen swaddling, handling and shushing babies into submission while talking to the camera in a voice so hypnotic it could be trademarked. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, "How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business," 18 Apr. 2018 In reality, though, there is no shushing the hype and hullabaloo created by Woods. Mike Bianchi,, "Golf's latest Tiger Woods fixation could be fool's gold," 17 Mar. 2018 So the agenda is impeach Trump but tell Maxine to shush about it. Fox News, "Senate fight awaits Trump's Supreme Court pick," 10 July 2018 The Italians then took the lead, with Christian Vieri 'shushing' the home fans in celebration., "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Remembering South Korea's Tarnished Run to the 2002 Semis," 28 May 2018 One day after Savannah shushed George on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Trooping the Colour flypast, the cousins cheered on Prince William at his charity polo match in Gloucester, England. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Savannah Strikes Again! Prince George Gets Pushed Down a Hill by His Mouth-Covering Cousin," 13 June 2018 The Queen's oldest great-grandchild stole the show at this year's trooping, telling her cousin George to shush. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Was on the Buckingham Palace Balcony for Trooping the Colour?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of shush

1925, in the meaning defined above

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shunt winding






shut away

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English Language Learners Definition of shush

: to tell (someone) to be quiet

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