What does hush mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hush, stillness, stillverb

    (poetic) tranquil silence

    "the still of the night"

  2. hushverb

    become quiet or still; fall silent

    "hush my baby!"

  3. hush, quieten, silence, still, shut up, hush upverb

    cause to be quiet or not talk

    "Please silence the children in the church!"

  4. quieten, hush, quiet, quiesce, quiet down, pipe downverb

    become quiet or quieter

    "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"

  5. hushverb

    wash by removing particles

    "Wash ores"

  6. hushverb

    run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals


  1. hushnoun

    A silence, especially after some noise

  2. hushnoun

    A mining method using water

  3. hushverb

    to become quiet

  4. hushverb

    to make quiet

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hushadjective

    Still; silent; quiet.

    Etymology: from the interjection.

    As we often see, against some storm,
    A silence in the heav’ns, the rack stand still,
    The bold winds speechless, and the orb below
    As hush as death. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. HUSHinterj.

    Silence! be still! no noise!

    Etymology: Without etymology.

    The king hath done you wrong; but hush! ’tis so. William Shakespeare.

    There’s something else to do; hush and be mute,
    Or else our spell is marr’d. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

  3. To Hushverb

    To still; to silence; to quiet; to appease.

    Yet can I not of such tame patience boast,
    As to be husht, and nought at all to say. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    It was my breath that blew this tempest up,
    Upon your stubborn usage of the pope;
    But since you are a gentle convertite,
    My tongue shall hush again this storm of war,
    And make fair weather in your blust’ring land. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    Speak softly;
    All’s husht as midnight yet. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    My love would speak; my duty hushes me. William Shakespeare.

    When in a bed of straw we shrink together,
    And the bleak winds shall whistle round our heads,
    Wilt thou then talk thus to me? Wilt thou then
    Hush my cares thus, and shelter me with love? Thomas Otway.

    Hush’d as midnight silence go;
    He will not have your acclamations now. Dryden.

    Her fire at length is kind,
    Calms ev’ry storm, and hushes ev’ry wind;
    Prepares his empire for his daughter’s ease,
    And for his hatching nephews smooths the seas. Dryden.

    Upon his rising the court was hushed, and a whisper ran. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

  4. To Hushverb

    To be still; to be silent.

    Etymology: from the interjection.

    This frown’d, that fawn’d, the third for shame did blush;
    Another seemed envious or coy;
    Another in her teeth did gnaw a rush;
    But at these strangers presence every one did hush. F. Queen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hushverb

    to still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress the noise or clamor of

  2. Hushverb

    to appease; to allay; to calm; to soothe

  3. Hushverb

    to become or to keep still or quiet; to become silent; -- esp. used in the imperative, as an exclamation; be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise

  4. Hushnoun

    stillness; silence; quiet

  5. Hushadjective

    silent; quiet

  6. Etymology: [OE. huschen, hussen, prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hussen to lull to sleep, G. husch quick, make haste, be silent.]


  1. Hush

    Hush is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He was usually an enemy of Batman. Created by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, the character first appeared in Batman #609, as part of the 12-issue storyline, Batman: Hush. Hush resurfaced in Batman: Gotham Knights, and later in Detective Comics and Batman: Streets of Gotham.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hush

    hush, interj. or imper. silence! be still!—adj. silent: quiet.—v.t. to make quiet: (min.) to clear off soil, &c., overlying the bed-rock.—ns. Hush′aby, a lullaby used to soothe babies to sleep; Hush′-mon′ey, money given as a bribe to hush or make one keep silent.—Hush up, to stifle, suppress: to be silent. [Imit. Cf. hist and whist.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hush

    A name of the lump-fish, denoting the female.

Rap Dictionary

  1. hushnoun

    Silence. "You all in a hush, silent, trying to listen" -- DJ Krush f/ Black Thought (Zen Approach) also an MC, a friend of Eminem, MC HUSH.

  2. hushverb

    Stop talkin, be quiet. "Hush baby, wanna let ya know" -- LL Cool J f/ 7 Aurelius (Hush)

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  2. HUSH

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HUSH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hush is ranked #53072 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hush surname appeared 390 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hush.

    67.1% or 262 total occurrences were White.
    28.7% or 112 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hush in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hush in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of hush in a Sentence

  1. Shin So-young:

    There is a tendency to be hush hush too much, which is creating fear and making people nervous about going to a hospital where there was a case.

  2. Rob Whipkey:

    It’s been pretty hush-hush among the board members.

  3. President Donald Trump:

    I welcome the opportunity to return to Congress to once again testify under oath truthfully and honestly regarding the hush money payments, which was performed at the direction and in accordance with@POTUS@realDonaldTrump. Justice will be served.

  4. Michael Cohen:

    The facts are well known to all, the hush money payment was done at the direction of and for the benefit of Donald J. Trump.

  5. Sean Newman:

    The dealers on it are keeping it hush-hush until they are ready to come to market.

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Translations for hush

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  • يصمت, يجعلـ ... يصمتArabic
  • stilhedDanish
  • Ruhe, still werden, Stille, zum Schweigen bringen, verstummenGerman
  • silencio, callar, callarseSpanish
  • hysFinnish
  • silenceFrench
  • चुप रहनाHindi
  • 静けさ, 黙るJapanese
  • zamilknąć, uciszać, uciszyćPolish
  • замолкать, замолчать, молчание, тишина, замолкнуть, успокаивать, утихомириватьRussian
  • zamĺknuť, stíchnuť, ticho, zmĺknuť, utíšiťSlovak
  • im lặngVietnamese
  • Chinese

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