Definition of shtum noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also schtum) noun
BrE BrE//ʃtʊm//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃtʊm//
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Word Origin1950s: Yiddish, from German stumm.Idioms
keep/stay shtum
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(British English, informal) to not speak Police have appealed for witnesses, but it seems the locals are keeping shtum.