shut up

shut up; shutting up; shuts up

Definition of shut up

transitive verb

: to cause (a person) to stop talking

intransitive verb

: to cease writing or speaking

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Synonyms & Antonyms for shut up


belt up [British], clam up, dry up, dummy up, hush, pipe down, quiet (down)


speak, talk

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Examples of shut up in a Sentence

you have no right to tell the rest of us to shut up nothing I said would shut them up

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The Massachusetts metal band the Acacia Strain didn’t really have the option of shutting up and singing through the latest tragedies. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Reason Musicians Speak Up About Mass Shootings," 7 Aug. 2019 Another trader reminds an official of a previous arrangement to dodge import taxes and is told to shut up because a journalist is present. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 His colleagues would tell him to shut up and gain some weight. The Economist, "How a victim of the Cultural Revolution mastered economics," 4 July 2019 Even worse, Freeman contended, Gregg had paranoid fear of jail cells and went crazy, climbing the bars and screaming before Duane made him shut up. Christopher Harress |,, "The Alabama police officer who arrested the Allman Brothers nearly 50 years ago has died," 4 July 2019 My guess: Weak guys tell strong, intelligent women to shut up. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kickin’ It with Kiz: Is soccer star Megan Rapinoe or president Donald Trump a better representative of American ideals?," 29 June 2019 Unlike others of its kind, FRB 121102 still hasn’t shut up, and in 2017, scientists at last mapped it to a weird little smudge of a dwarf galaxy roughly three billion light-years away. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Bizarre radio burst traced back to its origin in deep space," 27 June 2019 The next morning, however, Shainberg briefly achieved transcendence from the questions that usually plagued him—questions to do with desire, and mind-body dualism, and why his brain wouldn’t shut up. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 Not enough to cause them any real harm, just enough to shock them into shutting up, and maybe wobble their brain a bit., "Kylian Mbappe: Of Course He Isn't Going to Liverpool, Don't Be Silly (But Here's What's Happened)," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of shut up

1814, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of shut up was in 1814

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