- hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).
- to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.
Origin of shush
First recorded in 1920–25; imitative
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Examples from the Web for shush
Naomi gripped the bar, glancing back and forth between her hands and making “shush” noises to focus.Sandy Koufax 2.0
July 11, 2012
When Barack Obama tried to shush "loose talk of war," he got as much traction as a vicar giving a sermon during a soccer riot.Please Shut Up
March 12, 2012
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
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
I listened, and sure enough I heard the shush, shush of something moving in the dead leaves and dry grass a little distance away.
- be quiet! hush!
- to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying "shush"
C20: reduplication of sh, influenced by hush 1
Word Origin and History for shush
1921, imitative of the command to be quiet (1904), an expansion of sh. Related: Shushed; shushing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper