Origin of hush

1350–1400; apparently back formation from husht whist2 (Middle English huissht), the -t being taken for past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM hush

hush·ed·ly [huhsh-id-lee, huhsht-lee] /ˈhʌʃ ɪd li, ˈhʌʃt li/, adverbhush·ful, adjectivehush·ful·ly, adverbun·hush·ing, adjective

synonym study for hush

2, 3. See still1.
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British Dictionary definitions for hush (1 of 2)

hush1
/ (hʌʃ) /

verb

to make or become silent; quieten
to soothe or be soothed

noun

stillness; silence
an act of hushing

interjection

a plea or demand for silence

Derived forms of hush

hushed, adjective

Word Origin for hush

C16: probably from earlier husht quiet!, the -t being thought to indicate a past participle

British Dictionary definitions for hush (2 of 2)

hush2
/ (hʌʃ) mining, Northern English /

verb (tr)

to run water over the ground to erode (surface soil), revealing the underlying strata and any valuable minerals present
to wash (an ore) by removing particles of earth with rushing water

noun

a gush of water, esp when artificially produced

Word Origin for hush

C18: of imitative origin
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