Origin of hushaby

First recorded in 1790–1800; hush + (lull)aby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hushaby

Historical Examples of hushaby

  • She continued to croon softly the lullaby which had belonged to her own babies: "Hushaby, sweet, my own—"

    The Gay Cockade

    Temple Bailey

  • I believe a hiss is music to his ears and a curse is a hushaby, lullaby song.

    The Thunders of Silence

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for hushaby


interjection plural -bies
  1. used in quietening a baby or child to sleep
  1. a lullaby

Word Origin for hushaby

C18: from hush 1 + by, as in bye-bye
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Word Origin and History for hushaby

1796, from hush + ending as in lullaby.

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