UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhʌʃ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/hʌʃ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(hush)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
hush /hʌʃ/USA pronunciation   interj. 
  1. This word is used as a command to be silent or quiet:Hush, child, they'll hear you.

  1. to cause to become silent or quiet:[+ object]We hushed the children when the mayor began his speech.
  2. to suppress mention of;
    keep concealed: [+ up + object]to hush up a scandal.[+ object + up]to hush it up quickly.
  3. to make calm:[+ object]to hush someone's fears.

n. [countable;  usually singular]
  1. silence or quiet, esp. after noise;
    stillness:A hush fell over the crowd.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
hush  (hush),USA pronunciation interj. 
  1. (used as a command to be silent or quiet.)

  1. to become or be silent or quiet:They hushed as the judge walked in.

  1. to make silent; silence.
  2. to suppress mention of;
    keep concealed (often fol. by up):They hushed up the scandal.
  3. to calm, quiet, or allay:to hush someone's fears.

  1. silence or quiet, esp. after noise.
  2. Phoneticseither of the sibilant sounds (sh) and (zh).

  1. [Archaic.]silent;
hush•ed•ly  (hush),USA pronunciation adv.  hushful, adj. 
hushful•ly, adv. 
  • apparently back formation from husht whist2 (Middle English huissht), the -t being taken for past participle suffix 1350–1400
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged peace, stillness, tranquillity.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hush /hʌʃ/ vb
  1. to make or become silent; quieten
  1. stillness; silence
  1. a plea or demand for silence
Etymology: 16th Century: probably from earlier husht quiet!, the -t being thought to indicate a past participle

hushed adj
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