\ ˈshəsh How to pronounce shush (audio) , ˈshu̇sh How to pronounce shush (audio) \
shushed; shushing; shushes

Definition of shush

transitive verb

: to urge to be quiet : hush

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Other Words from shush

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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Warriors and Raptors players tried to quiet the crowd, and the PA announcer shushed fans on the mic. Jenna West,, "Raptors Fan Sends Flowers to Warriors to Apologize for Kevin Durant Injury Cheers," 13 June 2019 But this version of him has been barely recognizable from the one remembered for shushing opposing fans and silencing them with birdies. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Dominant Europe Takes Control of the Ryder Cup," 29 Sep. 2018 One of them shushed a man nearby who was talking loudly on his cellphone. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Hundreds of people showed up to thank Ford for testifying," 27 Sep. 2018 And then there are skis—for an extra $80, two short aluminum planks can replace the front wheels, allowing more daring parents to shush their babies down the bunny slopes. Jonathan Welsh, WSJ, "Is It a Stroller or Extreme Sports Gear?," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of shush

1925, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near shush

shunt winding






shut away

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The first known use of shush was in 1925

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English Language Learners Definition of shush

: to tell (someone) to be quiet

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to take the place or position of

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