Hush (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hushed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Hushing.] [OE. huschen, hussen, prob. of imitative origin; cf. LG. hussen to lull to sleep, G. husch quick, make haste, be silent.]


To still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress the noise or clamor of.

My tongue shall hush again this storm of war. Shak.


To appease; to allay; to calm; to soothe.

With thou, then, Hush my cares? Otway.

And hush'd my deepest grief of all. Tennyson.

To hush up, to procure silence concerning; to suppress; to keep secret. "This matter is hushed up."



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Hush, v. i.

To become or to keep still or quiet; to become silent; -- esp. used in the imperative, as an exclamation; be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise.

Hush, idle words, and thoughts of ill. Keble.

But all these strangers' presence every one did hush. Spenser.


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Hush, n.

Stillness; silence; quiet.

[R.] "It is the hush of night."


Hush money, money paid to secure silence, or to prevent the disclosure of facts.



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Hush, a.

Silent; quiet.

"Hush as death."



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