hush

To hush is to become quiet. When an audience is eager to hear a speaker, it will hush as soon as she begins to talk.

Train passengers will usually hush their conversations when the conductor reminds them that they're in the quiet car, and one of a kindergarten teacher's skills is getting his class to hush. In fact, to quiet another person or group of people is also to hush: "The principal impatiently hushes the students as soon as they start giggling." A peaceful silence is another kind of hush. In Middle English, it was the imitative huisht.

Primary Meanings of hush

1.
vn
become quiet or still; fall silent
(poetic) tranquil silence
2.
v
wash by removing particles
Full Definitions of hush
1

v become quiet or still; fall silent

hush my baby!”
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v become quiet or quieter

Synonyms:
pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten
hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
Antonyms:
louden
become louder
louden
cause to become loud
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Type of:
change intensity
increase or decrease in intensity

v cause to be quiet or not talk

Synonyms:
hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten
become quiet or quieter
Antonyms:
louden
cause to become loud
louden
become louder
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shush
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority

n (poetic) tranquil silence

Synonyms:
still, stillness
Type of:
quiet, silence
the absence of sound
2

v wash by removing particles

Type of:
lave, wash
cleanse (one's body) with soap and water

v run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals

Type of:
irrigate, water
supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams

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