hushaby

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of hush +‎ lullaby

Interjection[edit]

hushaby

  1. (archaic) hush and be still. A lull to sleep.
    • 1892. Eugene Field. Hushaby Sweet my Own. In With Trumpet and Drum. page 106 [1]:
      The night is fair, and the waves are still,
      And the wind is singing to you and to me
      In this lowly home beside the sea —
      Hushaby, sweet my own!

Noun[edit]

hushaby

  1. A lullaby used to soothe babies to sleep.
    • 1832, Thomas Skinner, Excursions in India
      The moaning of their voices seemed to me to be like what is understood in Scotland by a "sugh," and might very well have passed for a hushaby, when the nurse had nearly succeeded in murmuring herself to sleep, as well as her infant.

Verb[edit]

hushaby (third-person singular simple present hushabies, present participle hushabying, simple past and past participle hushabied)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To lull to sleep by saying "hushaby".