[ shuhsh ]
/ ʃʌʃ /


hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).

verb (used with object)

to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.

Origin of shush

First recorded in 1920–25; imitative
Related formsshush·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shush


/ (ʃʊʃ) /


be quiet! hush!


to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying "shush"

Word Origin for shush

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



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

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