shut up


shut up; shutting up; shuts up

transitive verb

: to cause (a person) to stop talking

intransitive verb

: to cease writing or speaking

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
Recent Examples on the Web Of course the two unabashedly confident and outspoken Black athletes who have been told numerous times by society to shut up and dribble − and rolled their eyes at the suggestion − would find each other. USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 May the huge majority of fans, who are good people, stand up to shut up all the racists once and for all! Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024 It’s put up or shut up time for dozens of cities across the San Francisco Bay Area. Ben Christopher, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Commentary and opinions Michael Hiltzik: Will billionaire Bill Ackman ever learn to shut up? Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 The pair crossed paths 15 years ago at Venice Film Festival, but only started working together in a fashion capacity in December, when Clark was heading to Canada for Christmas and the fashion industry had shut up shop for the holidays. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 15 Jan. 2024 With Iowa caucusing on Jan. 15, it's now put up or shut up time in the presidential nomination contest, and given Trump's sizable edge, his opponents are going to need something special, and probably some luck, to have a chance of overcoming his advantage in the race. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 9 Jan. 2024 In this level playing field—surrounded by God’s own variety of skin, bone, and hair—my inner critic, one that speaks with a New Yorker’s speed and volume, just shuts up. Julia Berick, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2023 Woman arrested after police say 4-year-old child who 'drowned' in pool actually died before Using expletives, the officer then tells him to shut up. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Shut up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shut up

: to cause a person to stop talking
: to stop writing or speaking

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