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  1. hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).
verb (used with object)
  1. to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.

Origin of shush

First recorded in 1920–25; imitative
Related formsshush·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for shush

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • I was just about to say he could when again that shush, shush!

  • Navel tried to shush him, embarrassed, but he doggedly went on.

    Conquest Over Time

    Michael Shaara

  • Being at a little distance from her, Bert had no chance to shush her outspoken comments.

    Big Pill

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • The orderly stopped pushing his chair and the nurse rushed forward to shush them sternly, but it barely dampened the calls.


    Cory Doctorow

  • I listened, and sure enough I heard the shush, shush of something moving in the dead leaves and dry grass a little distance away.

British Dictionary definitions for shush


  1. be quiet! hush!
  1. to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying "shush"

Word Origin

C20: reduplication of sh, influenced by hush 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shush


1921, imitative of the command to be quiet (1904), an expansion of sh. Related: Shushed; shushing.

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