- (used as a command to be silent or quiet.)
- to become or be silent or quiet: They hushed as the judge walked in.
- to make silent; silence.
- to suppress mention of; keep concealed (often followed by up): They hushed up the scandal.
- to calm, quiet, or allay: to hush someone's fears.
- silence or quiet, especially after noise.
- Phonetics. either of the sibilant sounds (sh) and (zh).
- Archaic. silent; quiet.
Origin of hush
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Examples from the Web for hush
The Church would “deal with the families in as limited way as possible, and pay them hush money.”How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
And they must just accept that after 20 years of trying to hush us and badmouth us.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
November 10, 2014
My mother took me to a live radio show in downtown Houston, and we had to be all hush as the skits were conducted.James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream
July 20, 2014
He wants “more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe.”America Is Coming to Terms with Its Racial Past—Let’s Look Ahead Instead
May 22, 2014
In what threatened to be a hush, one of the visitors offered some unbidden news.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life
November 1, 2012
Hush, Bella, interrupting her, because I don't deserve it—I know you were going to say so.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Kitty dropped on the floor at Helen's feet; the hush in the room was breathless.The Bacillus of Beauty
There was a short consultation, the hush of something wrong, and a murmur of an objection.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
And it made us hush down, too, and talk low, like people at a funeral.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
For a while, she listened to the pleasant murmur of the sea, which was like a voice saying "Hush!"Tanglewood Tales
- to make or become silent; quieten
- to soothe or be soothed
- stillness; silence
- an act of hushing
- a plea or demand for silence
- to run water over the ground to erode (surface soil), revealing the underlying strata and any valuable minerals present
- to wash (an ore) by removing particles of earth with rushing water
- a gush of water, esp when artificially produced
Word Origin and History for hush
1540s, variant of Middle English huisht (late 14c.), probably of imitative origin, with terminal -t lost probably by being mistaken for a past tense suffix. Hush-hush (adj.) is 1916 reduplication. Related: Hushed; hushing. The noun is attested from 1680s. As an interjection meaning "be quiet," attested by c.1600. To hush (one's) mouth "be quiet" is attested from 1878. Hush up "suppress talk for secrecy's sake" is from 1630s. Hush-money is attested from 1709. Hush-puppy "deep-fried ball of cornmeal batter" first attested 1899; as a type of lightweight soft shoe, it is a proprietary name, registered 1961.