Definition of hush in English:



  • 1Make (someone) be quiet or stop talking.

    ‘he placed a finger before pursed lips to hush her’
    • ‘The headmaster of the school hushed the children, led a short prayer and started the assembly.’
    • ‘He covered her mouth with his, hushing her lovingly.’
    • ‘The announcement hushed the crowd but soon the hubbub returned and the misfortune was forgotten.’
    • ‘She stroked me lightly on my head, hushing me and telling me how strong I had been.’
    • ‘She hushes him, saying he is too sick to talk, and begins to cry.’
    • ‘The lady sitting next to me is hushing her crying baby by singing to her in what sounds like Russian.’
    • ‘I trace a finger on his lips, hushing him soothingly.’
    • ‘The people around the village began to take notice, hushing children and pushing them back into their small houses that were made out of patched mud and straw.’
    • ‘Right as I opened my mouth to deny this, she put a finger to my lips, hushing me.’
    • ‘When my grandpa first started talking about his own death, I hushed him and told him not to worry.’
    • ‘I hushed him, pressing my finger to his lips, and shook my head.’
    • ‘You may not hush people or impinge their enjoyment in any manner.’
    • ‘The size of the room and the scale of the monuments stuns and hushes the visitor.’
    • ‘I continued to listen and hushed you and your toddler banter, as we made our way to your school.’
    • ‘I slowly pulled away, then start to apologize but she placed her finger on my lips to hush me.’
    • ‘My mom wrapped her arms around me cradling me, hushing me.’
    • ‘When he saw that I was about to speak, he hushed me with a finger to my lips.’
    • ‘She automatically wrapped her arms around me and rubbed my back, hushing me in a soothing way.’
    • ‘He hushed her, placing a finger to her lips, and it effectively quieted her.’
    • ‘The priest hushes him with a frown: ‘Quiet, this is a church.’’
    silence, quieten, quieten down, shush
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    1. 1.1no object , often in imperative Be quiet.
      ‘Hush! Someone will hear you’
      • ‘Yea yea… now hush up, I get to blow up a few things and we're still alive, this must be my day.’
      • ‘Hugo scurries to take his seat (marked with a large cardboard notice reading ‘Reserved - Director’) and the audience hushes.’
      • ‘He's been owed a trophy for years, and if he gets one, maybe he can finally hush up about how comic actors are perennially overlooked.’
      • ‘The lights go down, the audience hushes, and very quickly the few details that I had previously known of the film were all affirmed; it was about a bunch of queer volleyball players from Thailand.’
      • ‘She kept asking what was wrong, but her mother merely told her to hush up, and run faster.’
      • ‘He started rocking back and forth slightly, trying to get me to hush and calm down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crowd hushed as it feared the opportunity had been lost; when the kick landed unerringly in the outstretched arms of the oncoming wing, joy was unrestrained.’
      • ‘The teacher looked at what they were looking and laughing at and told them to hush up so he could start class.’
      • ‘The rest of us were told to hush up with our petty concerns about foreign entanglements, airport privatization, and what have you.’
      • ‘‘Oh hush up,’ she said and rolled the sleeves back down, put the jacket back on and zipped it up.’
      • ‘She's probably trying to get her dear dad to hush up.’
      • ‘The whole courtroom hushed, obviously, when she read her statement.’
      • ‘He looked to me and placed a finger over his lips, telling me to hush up and act like he wasn't there.’
      • ‘The class hushed, keeping quiet, except for a few whispers here and there.’
      • ‘It was a silence so perfect and expectant that it made me think of the moment an audience hushes at the start of a concert, a moment in this case that stretched from dusk to dawn.’
      fall silent, become silent, stop talking, quieten, quieten down
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    2. 1.2hush something up Suppress public mention of something.
      ‘management took steps to hush up the dangers’
      • ‘These are painful realities and they do not become any less real or any less painful by hushing them up.’
      • ‘No names were released and the issue was hushed up.’
      • ‘Following an internal investigation, several soldiers received what amounted to a reprimand and the matter was hushed up.’
      • ‘He was killed by terrorists and the case was hushed up.’
      • ‘It was political in nature and yet it was hushed up.’
      • ‘If they'd spent the money, instead of hushing it up and keeping people in the dark, they'd still be around today.’
      • ‘No doubt the whole scandal would be hushed up and put out of our minds within the week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My thought now is that it was all a very long time ago, in a much more rigid social climate than today, and there is not much sense in trying to hush it up any more.’
      • ‘Tony asks me to hush it up, so I only call seven papers.’
      keep secret, conceal, hide, suppress, cover up, keep dark, keep quiet about, not divulge, stifle, squash, whitewash, smother, obscure, veil, sweep under the carpet
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  • A silence.

    ‘a hush descended over the crowd’
    • ‘There was a hush and then a cry of joy from the guests: ‘Popcorn!’’
    • ‘When the lights go down, the silence is deep and immediate, a reverential hush.’
    • ‘It was almost romantic here, with only bits of bird song and twigs crunching underfoot to break the hush.’
    • ‘A palpable hush descended on the hundreds of spectators as they waited for the Bentley to stop and for the Queen to emerge to begin her walkabout.’
    • ‘Sara emerged at the top of the stairs and a hush fell over the room.’
    • ‘Silence descended on a village school when pupils held a sponsored hush for charity.’
    • ‘A complete hush enveloped the Great Hall of St. James' Palace.’
    • ‘As a hush descended he looked visibly shaken.’
    • ‘At the same time a complete hush fell, the birds stopped singing, cows and sheep became quiet and all of us, hundreds of individuals fell silent.’
    • ‘A hush descends as the band announces the imminent entry of the first bull.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Oh,’ said the Examining Magistrate as a hush fell upon the room.’
    • ‘Aside from the TV, a hush had descended upon the room.’
    • ‘The hush quietens to a silence; pins dropping would be like crashing cymbals.’
    • ‘A nervous hush descended on the famous patch of turf as the sisters went through their warm-up routine.’
    • ‘The man waved his hand, ordering for silence and an immediate hush covered the room.’
    • ‘A hush settled over the crowd and she spoke into rapt silence, no longer being viewed as the one on trial.’
    • ‘When the lights dimmed shortly before 8 p.m., and the music rose, a hush descended upon the audience.’
    • ‘By this point, a hush had fallen over the standing-room only bus crowd, mostly composed of giggling school kids and sullen working poor on their way to the salt mines.’
    • ‘A hush descended on the crowd as the village chief began to speak.’
    silence, quiet, quietness, quietude, soundlessness, noiselessness
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Mid 16th century: back-formation from obsolete husht ‘silent’ (taken to be a past participle), from an interjection husht ‘quiet!’.