rush hour


a time of day in which large numbers of people are in transit, as going to or returning from work, and that is characterized by particularly heavy traffic.

Origin of rush hour

First recorded in 1895–1900
Related formsrush-hour, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rush hour

congestion, bottleneck, gridlock, jam

Examples from the Web for rush hour

Contemporary Examples of rush hour

Historical Examples of rush hour

  • The streets were filled with the rush-hour floods of people.

  • The trip into the city was slow; rush-hour traffic from the port was heavy.

    Gold in the Sky

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • She was battered by the noise and shuttling of the rush-hour traffic.

    Main Street

    Sinclair Lewis

  • It takes big cars to climb those hills, let alone haul the trailers that are a feature of the Pittsburgh rush-hour traffic.

  • In ten minutes you long for the comparative ease of the rush-hour at Brooklyn Bridge.

    Painted Veils

    James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for rush hour

rush hour


a period at the beginning and end of the working day when large numbers of people are travelling to or from work
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