[ huhsh-huhsh ]
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  1. highly secret or confidential: a hush-hush political investigation.

Origin of hush-hush

First recorded in 1915–20; reduplication based on hush

Words Nearby hush-hush Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hush-hush in a sentence

  • “Hush—hush,” warned Berry, plunging after him; “here's old Fox,” which brought both boys up breathless in the middle of the floor.

  • "Hush—hush," interrupted Gay with mock solemnity and placing his finger on her lips.

    Madame Flirt | Charles E. Pearce
  • This will be hush-hush for awhile, then left to dissolve of itself.

    The Sex Life of the Gods | Michael Knerr
  • Mr. Atkins explained that naturally the affair was hush-hush.

    In the Cards | Alan Cogan

British Dictionary definitions for hush-hush


  1. informal (esp of official work, documents, etc) secret; confidential

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