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



BrE BrE//hʌʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//hʌʃ//
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[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 Originmid 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.
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