shush [shuhsh] ExamplesWord Origininterjection
- hush (used as a command to be quiet or silent).
verb (used with object)
- to order (someone or something) to be silent; hush.
Origin of shush First recorded in 1920–25; imitativeRelated formsshush·er, noun Related Words for shush subdue, mute, hush, lull, still, muzzle, quash, suppress, quieten, muffle, quell, gag, deaden, stifle, dull, clam, dampen, soft-pedal, quiet, squelch Examples from the Web for shush Contemporary Examples of shush
Naomi gripped the bar, glancing back and forth between her hands and making “shush” noises to focus.
July 11, 2012
When Barack Obama tried to shush “loose talk of war,” he got as much traction as a vicar giving a sermon during a soccer riot.
March 12, 2012
Historical Examples of shush
I was just about to say he could when again that shush, shush!
Navel tried to shush him, embarrassed, but he doggedly went on.
Being at a little distance from her, Bert had no chance to shush her outspoken comments.
Raymond Zinke Gallun
The orderly stopped pushing his chair and the nurse rushed forward to shush them sternly, but it barely dampened the calls.
I listened, and sure enough I heard the shush, shush of something moving in the dead leaves and dry grass a little distance away.
British Dictionary definitions for shush shush interjection
- be quiet! hush!
- to silence or calm (someone) by or as if by saying “shush”
Word Origin for shush C20: reduplication of sh, influenced by hush 1 Word Origin and History for shush v.
1921, imitative of the command to be quiet (1904), an expansion of sh. Related: Shushed; shushing.