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

Examples from the Web for shush

Contemporary Examples of shush

  • Naomi gripped the bar, glancing back and forth between her hands and making “shush” noises to focus.

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    Sandy Koufax 2.0

    Zachary Fenster

    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.

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    Please Shut Up

    Gershom Gorenberg

    March 12, 2012

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.

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    Michael Shaara

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

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    Raymond Zinke Gallun

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


    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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper