\ 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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shush noun

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Examples of shush in a Sentence

The librarian shushed the noisy children.
Recent Examples on the Web The marketing campaign, which was photographed in August, also includes other photos of a Trump impersonator being bound, gagged and shushed. oregonlive, "Portland company buys controversial Trump-themed billboard in Times Square," 19 Oct. 2019 Then, in February, rumors of their romance were briefly shushed. Los Angeles Times, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello do not kiss like fish at all," 12 Sep. 2019 An older man stopped and thanked him for recently showing up in person (along with the police) to shush a noisy night club. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, "How Old Are You, Mr. Mayor?," 19 Aug. 2019 Wunderli won’t have results from this month’s testing until the spring, but airports are likely to welcome any way to shush planes. Wired, "Teaching Pilots a New Trick: Landing Quietly," 26 Sep. 2019 And, if Friday’s opening night is any indication, no child will need to be shushed, for engagement is a two-way street with this show. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: To open the Children’s Theatre season, the circus comes to town," 21 Sep. 2019 Yes, the same Librarian that Chris Jericho taunted during his viral post-All Out championship celebration, warning him not to shush the new World Champion. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Bret Hart Remembers Crowning Moment at ‘King of the Ring’," 11 Sep. 2019 Miss Rose, for instance, speaks in a shout, prompting patrons to shush her—a reversal of usual patterns. Abigail Deutsch, Harper's magazine, "Bette on the Blues," 22 July 2019 That goal cancelled out Odsonne Edouard's opener for Celtic and Kent celebrated like a madman, bounding off to the corner flag and shushing the home fans at Celtic Park., "Ryan Kent: 5 Things to Know About Liverpool Star Wanted By Rangers Boss Steven Gerrard," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of shush

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shush was in 1925

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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Shush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of shush

: to tell (someone) to be quiet

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to constrict the range or activity of

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