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hushaby

[huhsh-uh-bahy]
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interjection
  1. hush (used as a command to be silent): Hushaby, baby.
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Origin of hushaby

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

interjection plural -bies
  1. used in quietening a baby or child to sleep
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noun
  1. a lullaby
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Word Origin

C18: from hush 1 + 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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