"You may well say that," continued Mrs. C——, hushing down the enthusiasm of her friends with a wave of her whitely gloved hand.
This let old Simon in for it again and there was no hushing it up a second time.
Tod took him up in his arms, tenderly as if he had been a new-born baby that he was hushing to the rest of death.
No amount of hushing has any effect; you might just as well hush a blackbird or a thrush.
The big red-headed woman, considerably lowered in note, stepped inside the door of the sick-room, hushing the child in her arms.
Some sin, some compromise, some hushing of that inner voice, something wrong.
His whimper was becoming a wail when she succeeded in hushing him.
She paced the room with it the livelong night, hushing it and soothing it.
And then she rocked back and forward, as if to make it sleep, hushing it, and wasting on it her infinite fondness.
He half rose from his chair, hushing my mocking word with a gesture.
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.