Definition of hush verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hush

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (used especially in orders) to be quiet; to stop talking or crying Hush now and try to sleep.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hush