\ 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 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 The conceit that Echo’s echoes of the soprano were enthusiastic interpolations, rapidly shushed by the two other singers, was particularly funny. Anne Midgette, Washington Post, "Early-career professionals bring flair to a tough Strauss score," 22 July 2019 During the Gators’ win last November against South Carolina, Franks raised his index finger to his facemask to shush the crowd at the Swamp after scoring a touchdown that began the Gators’ dramatic comeback. Edgar Thompson,, "UF QB Feleipe Franks calm, comfortable, confident at SEC Media Days," 15 July 2019 Avalon and Leva Bates are known as the Librarians, and their gimmick of shushing the crowd drew huge boos. Jay Reddick,, "AEW Fight for the Fallen: Young Bucks defeat Rhodes brothers in emotional main event," 14 July 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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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 spread as a report or rumor

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