[ huhsh ]
/ hʌʃ /
(used as a command to be silent or quiet.)
verb (used without object)
to become or be silent or quiet: They hushed as the judge walked in.
verb (used with object)
to make silent; silence.
to suppress mention of; keep concealed (often followed by up): They hushed up the scandal.
to calm, quiet, or allay: to hush someone's fears.
silence or quiet, especially after noise.
Phonetics. either of the sibilant sounds (sh) and (zh).
Archaic. silent; quiet.
Words nearby hush
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 hushhush·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)
(tr, adverb) to suppress information or rumours about
British Dictionary definitions for hush up (2 of 3)
/ (hʌʃ) /
to make or become silent; quieten
to soothe or be soothed
an act of hushing
a plea or demand for silence
Derived forms of hushhushed, 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)
/ (hʌʃ) mining, Northern English /
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
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
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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