shut up

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Alternative forms[edit]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ʃʌt ˈʌp/, [ʃɐt ˈ(ʔ)ɐp]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ʃʌt ˈʌp/, [ʃʌˈɾʌp], [ʃʌt ˈʔʌp]


to shut up ‎(third-person singular simple present shuts up, present participle shutting up, simple past and past participle shut up)

  1. (transitive) To close (a building) so that no one can enter.
  2. (transitive) To terminate (a business).
  3. (transitive) To enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave.
  4. (transitive) To put (an object) in a secure enclosed place.
  5. (ergative) Of a person, to stop talking or (of a person or thing) making noise.
    You are talking so loud that I can't hear the music — would you mind shutting up?
    He was blathering on about something, but I managed to shut him up.
  6. (intransitive, colloquial, used only in the imperative) I don't believe it!, no way!
    "I got accepted to Yale!" / "Shut up, really? That's awesome!"

Usage notes[edit]

  • When used in the imperative to tell someone to be quiet or to stop making a noise:
    • This expression is considered forceful or impolite. A neutral alternative is "be quiet".
    • Shut the fuck up (a stronger version of shut up) may be shortened to fuck up. It is not shortened in grammatical moods other than the imperative.



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shut up ‎(comparative more shut up, superlative most shut up)

  1. Closed up or off, as in a building that no one is to enter.
    • 2010. Jem (And Sam). Ferdinand Mount.
      She did not come to Court, but she must have been taken to Montagu's house, for the Clerkenwell house was all shut up and was to be sold.
    • 1865. The Wisconsin Farmer, and Northwestern Cultivator, Volume 17. Pg. 75.
      Open sheds are too much exposed to drifting snow, and they cannot be shut up and made warm enough for early lambing.
    • 1880. An Earnest Trifler. Mary Aplin Sprague. Pg. 166.
      Beaudeck is a very shut-up place.