Definition of hushed in English:



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

    ‘he addressed the hushed courtroom’
    • ‘I don't need the somber faces in our hushed conference room to tell me what it's about.’
    • ‘Some of the world's greatest living conductors still speak my name with hushed reverence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No other singer could bring an entire room to a painfully hushed standstill just by performing this one number.’
    • ‘Museums, too, have been transformed from hushed halls of inanimate objects and glass cases into spaces where unexpected things happen.’
    • ‘She curtsied to him lightly, her whispering skirts the only sound in the hushed room, and sat.’
    • ‘There is a hushed and unhurried atmosphere, broken only by the chiming of the antique clock.’
    • ‘‘Galleries are often hushed spaces where people feel slightly unrelaxed,’ she says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The restaurant itself was very intimate - dimmed lights, candles, columns with vines, and an all-around hushed atmosphere.’
    indistinct, muffled, stifled, muted, 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’
      • ‘It was a very quiet, very hushed voice, and it sounded a little bit squeaky.’
      • ‘The only sound was the whisper of their hushed voices.’
      • ‘Before she could scream, the figure spoke to her, not in the usual whisper but still in a hushed voice.’
      • ‘I've grown used to the sound of crushed, hushed voices on the end of the phone.’
      • ‘For a long time, life went on as before, and the conversation promised in hushed voices on the airplane never took place.’
      • ‘She spoke in a hushed voice and was quite serious.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Walking up the ramp, Ian was aware of the whispering sound of hundreds of hushed voices, but was unable to distinguish any individual words.’
      • ‘I am not sure how long we remain like that, exchanging soft words in hushed conversation, faces close and eyes locked.’
      • ‘They were tucked in one of the millions of tiny nooks that filled the school, whispering in hushed voices.’
      • ‘I was 10 years old when he died and - I learned from hushed conversations - my family was worried.’
      • ‘There were Isaac and Zach, conversing in hushed voices.’
      • ‘They filed in with hushed voices and stifled winces as they bumped into the seats laid out for them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nothing is more suspicious than two people looking at you and talking in hushed voices.’
      • ‘Soon enough, the soft sound of footsteps gave way to hushed voices.’
      • ‘In one corner, two people were talking in hushed voices.’
      • ‘The piano returns accompanied this time by vocals rendered in something between a whisper and a hushed conversation.’
      quiet, low, faint, muted, subdued, muffled, quietened, whispered, stifled, murmured, gentle, dulcet, indistinct, inaudible
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