Definition of hush in English:


Syllabification: hush
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.


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

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