from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make silent or quiet.
  • transitive v. To calm; soothe.
  • transitive v. To keep from public knowledge; suppress mention of. Often used with up: tried to hush up the damaging details.
  • intransitive v. To be or become silent or still.
  • n. A silence or stillness, especially after noise.
  • adj. Archaic Silent; quiet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to become quiet
  • v. to make quiet
  • n. A silence, especially after some noise
  • n. A mining method using water

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To still; to silence; to calm; to make quiet; to repress the noise or clamor of.
  • transitive v. To appease; to allay; to calm; to soothe.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • n. Stillness; silence; quiet.
  • adj. Silent; quiet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reduce to silence; make still or quiet; check or suppress the sound of.
  • To appease; allay; calm, as commotion or agitation.
  • In mining, to clear off (the soil and surface dirt), in order to expose the bed-rock, so that it can be ascertained whether there are indications of a vein or metalliferous deposit.
  • To be still; be silent or quiet; make no noise.
  • Forbear; be still; hist; attend.
  • n. A state of stillness; profound quiet.
  • Silent; still; quiet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become quiet or still; fall silent
  • v. run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
  • v. wash by removing particles
  • n. (poetic) tranquil silence
  • v. become quiet or quieter
  • v. cause to be quiet or not talk


Probably back-formation from Middle English husht, silent, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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