Definition of shush in English:

shush

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Pronunciation: /ʃʊʃ
 
, ʃʌʃ
 
/

exclamation

  • Be quiet: Shush! Do you want to wake everyone?
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    • She glared at the well-built wrestler and decided against hurting him, ‘Oh shush!’
    • At one point, Harry giggles behind the camera and Diana says, ‘Harry shush!’
    • Rolling her eyes impatiently, ‘Oh, shush, will you!;

noun

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  • 1An utterance of ‘shush’: the thumps were followed by shushes from the aunts
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    • Ryan yelled, there were various shushes from the others.
    • A simple hushed apology of ‘excuse me’ or ‘sorry’ when someone needed to pass by an audience member was met by shushes and evil stares.
    • One of the students whispered to his friends, and a burst of laughter from them caused the teachers to glare at them, accompanied by a few shushes.
  • 2A soft swishing or rustling sound: the ‘shush, shush, shush’ of a broom on the tent’s groundsheet
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    • There were a few shushes from the people around us and quickly shushed up, diverting out attention back to the movie.
    • Yallac followed suit, lying on her back and gazing up at the endless expanse of stars, listening to the shushing of the water on the cliffs.

verb

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  • 1 [with object] Tell or signal (someone) to be silent: she shushed him with a wave
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    • She shushed him and signalled for him to move back to the other side of the battlements.
    • I'm quite bad at regulating my voice, as many people who've publicly shushed me can attest.
    • A woman answered giggling and shushing someone to silence before speaking.
  • 1.1 [no object] Become or remain silent: Beth told her to shush
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    • My generation didn't have to calm our babies after feeding; we nursed them to sleep, which takes less time than bouncing, wrapping, shushing, and pacifying.
    • My inner voice, still remained a loud, enthusiastic, untrained child, frequently shushed and disciplined to sit still.
    • The women are whispering and the men shushing and telling everyone to sit down - they've never seen a drama like this before.
  • 2 [no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Move with or make a soft swishing or rustling sound: I stood to watch a big liner shushing slowly past (as noun shushing) she could hear the gentle shushing of the waves
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    • The wind in the trees, waves shushing on the shore, birdsong or the rustle of long grass.
    • There's a field above my house where the only sounds are eagles above and wind shushing through grass and pine below.
    • Dining on the beach, surf shushing over the nearby reef, my biggest dilemma is which of five lobster menu options to select.

Origin

1920s: imitative.

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