Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to express mild reproof, disapproval, or admonition.
  • noun A canine tooth, especially of a horse.
  • noun The buttocks.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To express impatience, contempt, or the like by the exclamation “Tush!”
  • An exclamation expressing rebuke, impatience, or contempt, and equivalent to ‘pshaw! be silent’: as, tush! tush! never tell me such a story as that.
  • noun A long pointed tooth; a tusk; specifically, one of the four canine teeth of the horse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A long, pointed tooth; a tusk; -- applied especially to certain teeth of horses.
  • interjection An exclamation indicating check, rebuke, or contempt.
  • noun The buttocks; -- a euphemism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection an exclamation of contempt
  • verb transitive To pull or drag (a heavy object such as a tree or log).
  • noun now dialectal A tusk.
  • noun A small tusk sometimes found on the female Indian elephant.
  • noun US, colloquial The buttocks
  • noun UK, colloquial nonsense; tosh

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

  • noun the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Etymologies

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

[Middle English tusche, from Old English tūsc; see tusk.]

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

[Alteration of Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew taḥat, under, buttocks; see tḥt in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A "natural utterance" (OED), attested since the 15th century

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of unknown origin, attested since 1841.

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From Old English tusc

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Short for toches, from Yiddish תחת (tokhes), from Hebrew תַּחַת ("bottom"). Since 1914.

Examples

  • The word tush occurs frequently and quaintly: "Tush I an sure to fail;"

    Sabbath in Puritan New England

  • What has many on the left squirming in their toddler seats due to the uncomfortable dampness in their tush was a speech made by our President to the Israeli Knesset celebrating the State of Israel's 60th birthday.

    Right Truth

  • "My 'tush' feels like your feet after you have been walking on them all day."

    mighty comfortable

  • "My 'tush' feels like your feet after you have been walking on them all day."

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Jan 1995 Steve Shoemaker Additional check -- corrected "tush" to "tusk" in opening poem.

    The Jungle Book.

  • On the scaffold, Samson was for drawing of his boots: "tush," said Philippe, "they will come better off after; let us have done, depechons-nous!"

    The French Revolution

  • Thank you so much for the lesson on retracements, again that has saved my "tush" more times than you know.

    TradingMarkets

  • Thank you so much for the lesson on retracements, again that has saved my "tush" more times than you know.

    TradingMarkets

  • Thank you so much for the lesson on retracements, again that has saved my "tush" more times than you know.

    TradingMarkets

  • Thank you so much for the lesson on retracements, again that has saved my "tush" more times than you know.

    TradingMarkets

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  • The wing of a ploughshare. - old provincial term from Gloucestershire.

    May 3, 2011