Definitions

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  • interj. hush and be still. A lull to sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hush: a word used in lulling children to sleep.
  • Tending to quiet or lull.

Etymologies

Blend of hush and lullaby (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was a confused noise of guttural voices about her, and an old squaw, singing an Indian "hushaby," and rocking herself from side to side before a fire built on the marsh, before which she, the recovered wife and mother, lay weak and weary.

    Selected Stories of Bret Harte

  • "hushaby," and rocking herself from side to side before a fire built on the marsh, before which she, the recovered wife and mother, lay weak and weary.

    The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales With Condensed Novels, Spanish and American Legends, and Earlier Papers

  • The word lullaby has been in the English language since the Middle Ages - one of several, such as rockaby and hushaby, which show how generations of mothers and caretakers have helped their children fall asleep through music.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Browne but Nolan; a stonecold shoulder for Donn Joe Vance; all lock and no stable for Honorbright Merreytrickx; a big drum for Billy Dunboyne; a guilty goldeny bellows, below me blow me, for Ida Ida and a hushaby rocker, Elletrouvetout, for Who-is-silvier — Where-is-he?

    Finnegans Wake

  • I believe a hiss is music to his ears and a curse is a hushaby, lullaby song.

    The Thunders of Silence

  • There was a confused noise of guttural voices about her, and an old squaw, singing an Indian “hushaby,” and rocking herself from side to side before a fire built on the marsh, before which she, the recovered wife and mother, lay weak and weary.

    The luck of Roaring Camp, and other sketches

  • Old Contemptibles, come down to be mothered and hushaby-baby'd by a blanky recruit, with the first polish hardly off his new buttons. "

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