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

verb (used with object)

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

Nearby words

  1. shunt-wound,
  2. shunter,
  3. shunting engine,
  4. shunto,
  5. shura,
  6. shushan,
  7. shut,
  8. shut down,
  9. shut off,
  10. shut one's eyes to

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

Examples from the Web for shush

British Dictionary definitions for shush



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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