[singular, uncountable] a period of silence, especially following a lot of noise, or when people are expecting something to happen There was a deathly hush in the theatre. A hush descended over the waiting crowd. (British English, informal) Can we have a bit of hush? (= please be quiet) Word Origin mid 16th cent.: back-formation from obsolete husht ‘silent’ (taken to be a past participle), from an interjection husht ‘quiet!’Extra examples A deathly hush settled around the stadium. A sudden hush fell over the room as the head teacher entered. A hush fell over the landscape.