Definition of hush in English:

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Pronunciation: /həSH/


[with object]
1Make (someone) be quiet or stop talking: he placed a finger before pursed lips to hush her
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  • I trace a finger on his lips, hushing him soothingly.
  • Right as I opened my mouth to deny this, she put a finger to my lips, hushing me.
  • I slowly pulled away, then start to apologize but she placed her finger on my lips to hush me.
silence, quiet, quiet down, shush;
soothe, calm, pacify;
gag, muzzle, muffle, mute
informal shut up
1.1 [no object] Be quiet: Hush! Someone will hear you
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  • Yea yea… now hush up, I get to blow up a few things and we're still alive, this must be my day.
  • But while leading figures in other sports often speak out on matters that affect their livelihoods, footballers hush up or are airbrushed into meaningless platitudes.
  • She's probably trying to get her dear dad to hush up.
1.2 (hush something up) Suppress public mention of something: management took steps to hush up the dangers
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  • He was killed by terrorists and the case was hushed up.
  • It was political in nature and yet it was hushed up.
  • I knew they were introducing new charging structures, but they should be promoting these discounted schemes to the people they were designed for, not hushing them up on the bosses' orders.


[in singular]
A silence: a hush descended over the crowd
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  • There was a hush of silence as the maddening enchantments ceased, faces all around waiting for the next sign of what should happen, what confirmation to the miracle would be shown to them.
  • The man waved his hand, ordering for silence and an immediate hush covered the room.
  • As a hush descended he looked visibly shaken.


Mid 16th century: back-formation from obsolete husht 'silent, hushed' (taken to be a past participle), from an interjection husht 'quiet!'.

Words that rhyme with hush

ablush, blush, brush, crush, flush, gush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, slush, thrush, tush

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