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hushaby

[ huhsh-uh-bahy ]
/ ˈhʌʃ əˌbaɪ /
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interjection

hush (used as a command to be silent): Hushaby, baby.

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Origin of hushaby

First recorded in 1790–1800; hush + (lull)aby
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Example sentences from the Web for 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

hushaby
/ (ˈhʌʃəˌbaɪ) /

interjection plural -bies

used in quietening a baby or child to sleep

noun

a lullaby

Word Origin for hushaby

C18: from hush 1 + by, as in bye-bye
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