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shush

[shuhsh]
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interjection
  1. hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.
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Origin of shush

First recorded in 1920–25; imitative
Related formsshush·er, noun
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Related Words for shush

subdue, mute, hush, lull, still, muzzle, quash, suppress, quieten, muffle, quell, gag, deaden, stifle, dull, clam, dampen, soft-pedal, quiet, squelch

Examples from the Web for shush

Contemporary Examples of shush

Historical Examples of shush

  • I was just about to say he could when again that shush, shush!

  • Navel tried to shush him, embarrassed, but he doggedly went on.

    Conquest Over Time

    Michael Shaara

  • Being at a little distance from her, Bert had no chance to shush her outspoken comments.

    Big Pill

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • The orderly stopped pushing his chair and the nurse rushed forward to shush them sternly, but it barely dampened the calls.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • I listened, and sure enough I heard the shush, shush of something moving in the dead leaves and dry grass a little distance away.


British Dictionary definitions for shush

shush

interjection
  1. be quiet! hush!
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verb
  1. to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying "shush"
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Word Origin for shush

C20: reduplication of sh, influenced by hush 1
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Word Origin and History for shush

v.

1921, imitative of the command to be quiet (1904), an expansion of sh. Related: Shushed; shushing.

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