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hushaby

[huhsh-uh-bahy] /ˈhʌʃ əˌbaɪ/
interjection
1.
hush (used as a command to be silent):
Hushaby, baby.
Origin of hushaby
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; hush + (lull)aby
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Examples from the Web for hushaby
Historical Examples
  • She continued to croon softly the lullaby which had belonged to her own babies: "hushaby, sweet, my own—"

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • I believe a hiss is music to his ears and a curse is a hushaby, lullaby song.

    The Thunders of Silence Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for hushaby

hushaby

/ˈhʌʃəˌbaɪ/
interjection (pl) -bies
1.
used in quietening a baby or child to sleep
noun
2.
a lullaby
Word Origin
C18: from hush1 + by, as in bye-bye
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Word Origin and History for hushaby

1796, from hush + ending as in lullaby.

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