highly secret or confidential: a hush-hush political investigation.

Origin of hush-hush

First recorded in 1915–20; reduplication based on hush Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hush-hush

Contemporary Examples of hush-hush

Historical Examples of hush-hush

  • So that's what the Government's so scared and hush-hush about.

    Rescue Squad

    Thomas J. O'Hara

  • This will be hush-hush for awhile, then left to dissolve of itself.

  • Mr. Atkins explained that naturally the affair was hush-hush.

    In the Cards

    Alan Cogan

  • It's all hush-hush so it won't leak out like the atom bomb did.

    The Stowaway

    Alvin Heiner

  • She was a "hush-hush" ship—one of the wonders of the Navy still.

    The Grey Room

    Eden Phillpotts

British Dictionary definitions for hush-hush



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