- 1[intransitive] (used especially in orders) to be quiet; to stop talking or crying Hush now and try to sleep.
- 2[transitive] hush somebody/something to make somebody/something become quieter; to make somebody stop talking, crying, etc. She tenderly hushed the baby in her arms. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: back-formation from obsolete husht ‘silent’ (taken to be a past participle), from an interjection husht ‘quiet!’ Phrasal Verbshush somethingup
BrE BrE//hʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//hʌʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hush
BrE BrE//hʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//hʌʃ//he / she / it hushes
BrE BrE//ˈhʌʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌʃɪz//past simple hushed
BrE BrE//hʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//hʌʃt//past participle hushed
BrE BrE//hʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//hʌʃt//-ing form hushing
BrE BrE//ˈhʌʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌʃɪŋ//