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[shuhsh] /ʃʌʃ/
hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).
verb (used with object)
to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.
Origin of shush
First recorded in 1920-25; imitative
Related forms
shusher, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for shush
Contemporary Examples
  • Naomi gripped the bar, glancing back and forth between her hands and making “shush” noises to focus.

  • When Barack Obama tried to shush "loose talk of war," he got as much traction as a vicar giving a sermon during a soccer riot.

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


be quiet! hush!
to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying "shush"
Word Origin
C20: reduplication of sh, influenced by hush1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shush

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shush



To tell someone to be quiet and stop talking • Very often a command: ''Shush!'' he shouted, uselessly, to the large noisy hound

[1905+; the dated form is spelled sush]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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