Definition of hush in English:

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Pronunciation: /hʌʃ/


[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.
gag, muzzle
informal shut up
1.1 [no object, often in imperative] 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.
fall silent, become silent, stop talking, quieten, quieten down
informal pipe down, shut 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.
keep secret, conceal, hide, suppress, cover up, keep dark, keep quiet about, not divulge, stifle, squash, whitewash, smother, obscure, veil, sweep under the carpet


[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' (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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