Definition of hushed in English:



  • 1(of a place) very quiet and still.

    ‘he addressed the hushed courtroom’
    • ‘She curtsied to him lightly, her whispering skirts the only sound in the hushed room, and sat.’
    • ‘Taking the heavy door of the theater in his hand, Michael extends his arm in a great arc as if to slam it with a force that would send shakes through the hushed room.’
    • ‘I don't need the somber faces in our hushed conference room to tell me what it's about.’
    • ‘No other singer could bring an entire room to a painfully hushed standstill just by performing this one number.’
    • ‘‘Galleries are often hushed spaces where people feel slightly unrelaxed,’ she says.’
    • ‘The restaurant itself was very intimate - dimmed lights, candles, columns with vines, and an all-around hushed atmosphere.’
    • ‘The hushed reading rooms that feel cool even on a hot day, the murmuring quiet broken only by occasional whispering, and browsers lost in dark book stacks.’
    • ‘Some of the world's greatest living conductors still speak my name with hushed reverence.’
    • ‘The uproarious bun throwing and surreptitious chatting up of 18th century public spaces gave way to the hushed cathedral of the 19th century concert hall.’
    • ‘There is a hushed and unhurried atmosphere, broken only by the chiming of the antique clock.’
    • ‘Museums, too, have been transformed from hushed halls of inanimate objects and glass cases into spaces where unexpected things happen.’
    • ‘The attack on Mrs Keegan was recorded on tape after she managed to press a panic button and it was played to a hushed courtroom.’
    indistinct, muffled, stifled, muted, hushed, faint, low, scarcely audible
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    1. 1.1(of a voice or conversation) quiet and serious.
      ‘the nurses were talking in hushed voices’
      • ‘Before she could scream, the figure spoke to her, not in the usual whisper but still in a hushed voice.’
      • ‘People talk in hushed voices around it and you probably won't be allowed to touch it.’
      • ‘The hallway was buzzing with murmurs and hushed voices.’
      • ‘They filed in with hushed voices and stifled winces as they bumped into the seats laid out for them.’
      • ‘The only sound was the whisper of their hushed voices.’
      • ‘For a long time, life went on as before, and the conversation promised in hushed voices on the airplane never took place.’
      • ‘Nothing is more suspicious than two people looking at you and talking in hushed voices.’
      • ‘I am not sure how long we remain like that, exchanging soft words in hushed conversation, faces close and eyes locked.’
      • ‘I was 10 years old when he died and - I learned from hushed conversations - my family was worried.’
      • ‘Walking up the ramp, Ian was aware of the whispering sound of hundreds of hushed voices, but was unable to distinguish any individual words.’
      • ‘There were hushed voices and the smell of disinfectant.’
      • ‘Sure enough, as I enter the kitchen, the door to the conservatory is slightly ajar and I can hear his smooth, deep voice in hushed conversation on the telephone.’
      • ‘Soon enough, the soft sound of footsteps gave way to hushed voices.’
      • ‘It was a very quiet, very hushed voice, and it sounded a little bit squeaky.’
      • ‘I've grown used to the sound of crushed, hushed voices on the end of the phone.’
      • ‘In one corner, two people were talking in hushed voices.’
      • ‘There were Isaac and Zach, conversing in hushed voices.’
      • ‘The piano returns accompanied this time by vocals rendered in something between a whisper and a hushed conversation.’
      • ‘She spoke in a hushed voice and was quite serious.’
      • ‘They were tucked in one of the millions of tiny nooks that filled the school, whispering in hushed voices.’
      quiet, low, faint, muted, subdued, muffled, hushed, quietened, whispered, stifled, murmured, gentle, dulcet, indistinct, inaudible
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