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From Middle English huschen (to hush) (as past participle Middle English husht (silent; hushed) and interjection husht (quiet!)). Cognate with Low German huschen, hüssen (to hush; lull), German huschen (to shoo; scurry), Danish hysse (to hush), and maybe Albanian hesht.


  • IPA(key): /hʌʃ/, /hʊʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌʃ
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hush (third-person singular simple present hushes, present participle hushing, simple past and past participle hushed)

  1. (intransitive) To become quiet.
  2. (transitive) To make quiet.
  3. (transitive) To appease; to allay; to soothe.
    • (Can we date this quote by Otway and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Wilt thou, then, Hush my cares?
    • 1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, [], published 1850, OCLC 3968433, (please specify |part=prologue or epilogue, or |canto=I to CXXIX):
      And hush'd my deepest grief of all.
  4. (transitive) To clear off soil and other materials overlying the bedrock.



hush (uncountable)

  1. A silence, especially after some noise
    • (Can we date this quote by Byron and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      It is the hush of night.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Byron to this entry?)
  2. A mining method using water

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