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 up (1 of 3)

hush up

verb

(tr, adverb) to suppress information or rumours about

British Dictionary definitions for hush up (2 of 3)

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 up (3 of 3)

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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Idioms and Phrases with hush up

hush up

Keep from public knowledge, suppress mention of. For example, They tried to hush up the damaging details. [First half of 1600s]

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