(used as a command to be silent or quiet.)
verb (used without object)
to become or be silent or quiet:
They hushed as the judge walked in.
verb (used with object)
to make silent; silence.
to suppress mention of; keep concealed (often followed by up):
They hushed up the scandal.
to calm, quiet, or allay:
to hush someone’s fears.
silence or quiet, especially after noise.
Phonetics. either of the sibilant sounds (sh) and (zh).
Archaic. silent; quiet.
to make or become silent; quieten
to soothe or be soothed
an act of hushing
a plea or demand for silence
to run water over the ground to erode (surface soil), revealing the underlying strata and any valuable minerals present
to wash (an ore) by removing particles of earth with rushing water
a gush of water, esp when artificially produced
1540s, variant of Middle English huisht (late 14c.), probably of imitative origin, with terminal -t lost probably by being mistaken for a past tense suffix. Hush-hush (adj.) is 1916 reduplication. Related: Hushed; hushing. The noun is attested from 1680s. As an interjection meaning “be quiet,” attested by c.1600. To hush (one’s) mouth “be quiet” is attested from 1878. Hush up “suppress talk for secrecy’s sake” is from 1630s. Hush-money is attested from 1709. Hush-puppy “deep-fried ball of cornmeal batter” first attested 1899; as a type of lightweight soft shoe, it is a proprietary name, registered 1961.
[huhsh-uh-bahy] /ˈhʌʃ əˌbaɪ/ interjection 1. (used as a command to be silent): Hushaby, baby. /ˈhʌʃəˌbaɪ/ interjection (pl) -bies 1. used in quietening a baby or child to sleep noun 2. a lullaby 1796, from hush + ending as in lullaby.
quick, “the Archite,” “the king’s friend” (1 Chr. 27:33). When David fled from Jerusalem, on account of the rebellion of Absalom, and had reached the summit of Olivet, he there met Hushai, whom he sent back to Jerusalem for the purpose of counteracting the influence of Ahithophel, who had joined the ranks of Absalom (2 […]
[huhsh] /hʌʃ/ interjection 1. (used as a command to be silent or quiet.) verb (used without object) 2. to become or be silent or quiet: They hushed as the judge walked in. verb (used with object) 3. to make silent; silence. 4. to suppress mention of; keep concealed (often followed by up): They hushed up […]
[huhsh-huhsh] /ˈhʌʃˌhʌʃ/ adjective 1. highly secret or confidential: a hush-hush political investigation. adjective 1. (informal) (esp of official work, documents, etc) secret; confidential adjective Very secret; classified: a hush-hush border meeting noun : Why all the hush-hush about Walden? (1916+)