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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a deathly hush/silence (=complete silence)
▪ A deathly hush fell over the room.
a hushed whisper
▪ They spoke in the hushed whispers of churchgoers.
hush money
low/quiet/hushed tones
▪ They sat at the far end of the carriage, talking in hushed tones.
▪ Or anything he has not been able to hush up.
▪ A Tokyo professor who studied secret papers, claimed the horror was hushed up after the war.
▪ Local journalists said yesterday they believed the authorities had hushed up crimes in the past.
▪ He told the Guardian that he believed senior management took deliberate steps to hush up the dangers.
▪ Labour chiefs branded the rush of openness too late after the Government had hushed up the payments for 18 months.
▪ Three months later Hugo was drowned in a boating accident; there were rumours of suicide, which were hushed up.
▪ No; my great-great-gran kept it hushed up.
▪ When of course you can see he wants the whole thing hushed up.
▪ The kind of order that makes the hushed voices expect little divine intervention.
▪ They headed for the park by the river, hushing their voices.
▪ David hushed me. ""Sh-h-h. You're not allowed to speak in here.''
▪ I turned to Margaret but was hushed before I could open my mouth.
▪ She gave up trying to hush the baby and took him outside.
▪ Some of them waved their good lace hankies then hushed to silence at the way she spoke.
▪ The whole school would instantly become hushed and enthralled by the horror, watching.
▪ Were a great talent to appear, all that sort of talk would be hushed.
▪ Whatever we know about our neighbors is hushed and lulled by the deep repose.
▪ A deathly hush fell, in which the sound of some one talking too loudly behind the main stand could clearly be heard.
▪ There was a deathly hush over the whole show.
▪ A deathly hush envelops the scene, a silence that seems almost sinister.
▪ Recently released from prison, Hubbell is once again under investigation by Starr, this time for allegedly accepting hush money.
silence/a hush/sadness etc falls
▪ There was a sudden hush as the musicians came onto the stage.
▪ Two men walked in and went up to the bar. A hush fell over the room.
▪ A hush fell over the audience.
▪ A hush would often fall over the crowd because there were no crashing chandeliers, no story.
▪ For days this hush lay on the house like dust.
▪ The cries of protest are lost in thunderous applause, and then a hush descends.
▪ The pious hush in there had been too much for them.
▪ The quietness sealed inside her room emanated as an invisible but pervasive hush.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hush \Hush\ (h[u^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hushed (h[u^]sht); 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.]

  1. 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.

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

    With thou, then, Hush my cares?

    And hush'd my deepest grief of all.

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


Hush \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.

But all these strangers' presence every one did hush.


Hush \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.


Hush \Hush\, a. Silent; quiet. ``Hush as death.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, variant of Middle English huisht (late 14c.), probably of imitative origin, with terminal -t lost probably by being mistaken for a past tense suffix. Hush-hush (adj.) is 1916 reduplication. Related: Hushed; hushing. The noun is attested from 1680s. As an interjection meaning "be quiet," attested by c.1600. To hush (one's) mouth "be quiet" is attested from 1878. Hush up "suppress talk for secrecy's sake" is from 1630s. Hush-money is attested from 1709. Hush-puppy "deep-fried ball of cornmeal batter" first attested 1899; as a type of lightweight soft shoe, it is a proprietary name, registered 1961.


n. A silence, especially after some noise vb. 1 (context intransitive English) to become quiet 2 (context transitive English) to make quiet 3 (context transitive English) To appease; to allay; to soothe.


n. (poetic) tranquil silence; "the still of the night" [syn: stillness, still]

  1. v. become quiet or still; fall silent; "hush my babay!"

  2. cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!" [syn: quieten, silence, still, shut up, hush up] [ant: louden]

  3. become quiet or quieter; "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered" [syn: quieten, quiet, quiesce, quiet down, pipe down] [ant: louden]

  4. wash by removing particles; "Wash ores"

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

Hush (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

"Hush" is the tenth episode in the fourth season of the supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003). It was written and directed by series creator Joss Whedon and originally aired in the United States on December 14, 1999 on The WB Television Network. After reading critical response to the series in which the dialogue was praised as the most successful aspect of the show, Whedon set out to write an episode almost completely devoid of speech. Only about 17 minutes of dialogue is presented in the entire 44 minutes of "Hush".

In "Hush", a group of fairy tale ghouls named "The Gentlemen" come to town and steal everyone's voices, leaving them unable to scream when The Gentlemen cut out their hearts. Buffy and her friends must communicate with one another silently as they try to discover why no one can speak and find whoever is murdering the townspeople. They must also find ways to express their feelings about each other and keep some semblance of control as the town descends into chaos.

The episode was highly praised when it aired and was the only episode in the entire series to be nominated for an Emmy Award in Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series; it also received a nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series ( Michael Gershman). "Hush" addresses the limits and assets of language and communication and the disruption to society when communication breaks down. The Gentlemen are often counted as some of the series' most frightening villains, and the episode is frequently included on lists of the best of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


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Hush (Jane Siberry album)

Hush is a 2000 album by Jane Siberry. The album is a collection of traditional folk and gospel songs.

The album was a nominee for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Solo at the 2001 Juno Awards.

Hush (Tool song)

"Hush" is a song by Tool from their 1992 debut EP Opiate, recorded by producer Sylvia Massy at Sound City Studios. It was the only single released from Opiate and was the first song that helped establish the band's reputation. The lyrics protest Tipper Gore and censorship, which is a recurring theme in Tool songs.

The song was first recorded on a self-titled demo tape variously known as Toolshed and 72826, recorded in mid-1991. This demo version is not the same as the studio recording that appears on Opiate.

Hush (Billy Joe Royal song)

"Hush" is a song written by American composer and musician Joe South, for recording artist Billy Joe Royal, whose single peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 28 October 11 November 1967. The chorus begins "Hush, hush, I thought I heard her calling my name", which is a takeoff from the traditional gospel song lyrics "Hush, hush, somebody's calling my name". Session musician Barry Bailey, who later became the lead guitarist for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, plays guitar on the track. Kris Ife covered "Hush" in 1967. Australian performer Russell Morris recorded a version in 1967 with Somebody's Image, and a heavier version with his band The Rubes in 1980. The hook of the song "na-nana-na-nana-na-nana-na" has similarity with the bridge section of The Beatles song " A Day in the Life". The Deep Purple version has a slower section also matching the timing with The Beatles song.

Hush (comics)

Hush is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is usually depicted as an enemy and foil of Batman.

Hush (1998 film)

Hush is a 1998 American thriller starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnathon Schaech, and Jessica Lange.

Hush (rapper)

Hush is an American rap rock/ hip hop artist from Livonia, Michigan. He is of Italian and Lebanese descent and he is also a long-time friend of Eminem. He is also a producer and has worked with a variety of artists. He was signed to Area Code Management and DTW Records, but left for Geffen Records to release his debut album.

Hush (Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin album)

Hush is an album by Bobby McFerrin and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Hush (Monk album)

Hush is the second album by Monk, released in 1998.

Hush (2008 film)

Hush is a British horror/thriller film about a young couple on a motorway journey who are drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a truck driver following a near accident. The film is directed by former BBC Radio 1 DJ, Mark Tonderai, and stars William Ash and Christine Bottomley. The film was produced by Warp X, UK Film Council and Film4 who supplied the funding for the film. The film was distributed by Optimum Releasing.

Hush (2005 film)

Hush is a 2005 made for television movie that stars Tori Spelling and Tahmoh Penikett as a married couple who move back to his hometown to work as a doctor, and are desperate to have a baby. Victoria Pratt also stars as the doctor's former high school girlfriend who will do anything to win him back including having his child. The film premiered on Lifetime channel on May 23, 2005.

Hush (band)

Hush was a 1970s Australian glam rock pop group and became famous during frequent appearances on the ABC show Countdown for live concerts and teenagers.

Hush were formed, with Keith Lamb on vocals, in the Sydney suburb of Seven Hills in 1971 as a five piece band including a keyboardist. Keyboardist Chris Nolan had previously been with a band called Grandmars Observers. Hush first came to attention when they made the NSW finals of Australia's national rock band competition Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds in 1972. They first made the Australian charts in October 1973 with their own composition, "Get The Feeling". By this time they were down to the "classic" four-piece line-up of Keith Lamb (vocals), Les Gock (guitar), Rick Lum (bass) and Chris "Smiley" Pailthorpe (drums). By the time they made No. 1 on the charts in September 1975 with a rocked up, driving version of Larry Williams's Bony Moronie, they were riding the wave of the glam-rock craze in Australia.

They were well placed to make an unforgettable performance on pop TV show Countdown's early colour episodes with their colourful outfits. In 1976 they added a second guitarist, Jacques De Jongh. Rick Lum left soon after.

After the band broke up in 1977, Keith Lamb was temporarily heartbroken. He formed other bands including Hush 2, Larry, and Airport. He is now a partner in the international embroidery company, Rajmahal, and is co-author of the successful card game series TAOC The Art of Conversation. Keith co-wrote songs for Status Quo following the breakup of Hush, including top 10 hits such as Ol' Rag Blues. Les became a jingle writer and won a major campaign in the early 80s. Smiley became an architect. Jacques De Jongh plays and records still, and is also a chef. Rick Lum works in graphic design.

In August 2004, Hush reformed for Nordoff-Robbins charity event. The line-up was Keith Lamb, Rick Lum, Smiley Pailthorpe and Les Gock performing together for the first time over 25 years. Les Gock's son Adam joined them on stage.

In September 2006, Hush played Australia wide with many other artists who appeared on Countdown during the seventies in the Countdown Spectacular Tour. Another original member, guitarist Robin Jackson, currently playing with Chris Turner & The Wolftones, re-joined them for the Countdown Spectacular Tour

Hush (LL Cool J song)

"Hush" was the second single from LL Cool J's eleventh album, The DEFinition. It was released on February 15, 2005 for Def Jam Recordings, produced by Timbaland, LL Cool J and Eric "NY Nicks, featuring vocals by 7 Aurelius, and was the follow-up to " Headsprung". Though not as successful as "Headsprung" (in North America), "Hush" still managed to make a dent on the Billboard charts; peaking at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and #14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. However, "Hush" saw top ten success in the United Kingdom, where it entered and peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Hush (Asobi Seksu album)

Hush is the third studio album by New York-based shoegaze band Asobi Seksu. It was released on February 17, 2009 on their new label, Polyvinyl Record Co.. It included four singles: "Me & Mary," which preceded the album's release in November 2008; "Familiar Light", released in February 2009; "Transparence", released in August 2009; and "Layers", released in December 2009. The album demonstrated a shift from the more shoegaze-inspired work of prior releases to a mellower dream pop sound.

The album was recorded in the summer of 2008 and was produced by Chris Zane, who worked on their previous album, Citrus.

The song "Layers" was featured in the episode " The Born Identity" of the third season of the TV series Ugly Betty.

Hush (novel)

Hush is a 2010 novel written under the pseudonym Eishes Chayil. In August 2011, the author revealed herself as Judy Brown, the daughter of Ruthie Lichtenstein, the publisher of Hamodia. It deals with sexual abuse in the Hasidic Jewish community of Boro Park, Brooklyn and is based on experiences the author claims to have witnessed. Hush was selected as a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews.

Hush (Emily Osment and Josh Ramsay song)

"Hush" is a song written by American singer Emily Osment and Canadian singer Josh Ramsay. They decided to collaborate when Osment went on a trip to Canada to film a movie, and met Ramsay. They immediately hit it off, and decided to write a song together. It officially premiered on Much Music on April 26, 2011. The song was sent to Canadian radio on May 10, 2011, and released to Canada's iTunes Store on the same day. Osment confirmed on her official Twitter that there will be a music video for the song to be released in September.

Hush (The Limousines album)

Hush is the second album by electro-pop group The Limousines.

Hush (Miss A album)

Hush is the second studio album by South Korean-Chinese girl group Miss A. The album and music video called "Hush" was released on November 6, 2013, and contains thirteen songs including seven entirely new songs.

"Hush" served as its lead single. "Come On Over" served to continue the promotion of the album in China and ended in Korea. "Hide & Sick" was released in January 2014. "Love Is U" was used to ended the promotion of the album.

Hush (2016 film)

Hush is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed by Mike Flanagan from a screenplay by Flanagan and Kate Siegel. The film stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan and Siegel. The film was produced by Trevor Macy, through Intrepid Pictures, and Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner.

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2016. and was released on April 8, 2016, by Netflix.

Hush (2013 film)

Hush is a 2013 Croatian drama film directed by Lukas Nola.

Usage examples of "hush".

There was a long hush, for no single wolf cared to fight Akela to the death.

Furtiveness and secretiveness seemed universal in this hushed city of alienage and death, and I could not escape the sensation of being watched from ambush on every hand by sly, staring eyes that never shut.

Over all this hushed desolation played a hideous leaden light as the declining afternoon sun sent its rays through the strange, half-blackened panes of the great apsidal windows.

Angry debate in the Senate and upon the forum was now hushed, and the supreme question that took hold of national life was to find enduring arbitrament in the dread tribunal of war.

When he tried, rather breathlessly, to compliment me on the avid ardency with which I was embracing him, I bade him hush, for I did not care to hear talk.

More than mystified by the whole hushed proceeding, Asey followed him through the house, and into the front parlour.

The throng hushed and everyone in the square and at the buvettes froze in place and turned towards a narrow alleyway across the way.

Who can realize that the workings of that mighty mind have ceased, that the throbbings of that gallant heart are stilled, that the mighty sweep of that graceful arm will be felt no more, and the magic of that eloquent tongue, which spake as spake no other tongue besides, is hushed hushed for ever!

Jenna heard the call of the ancient oaks, the green life in the most ancient and lost hollows of Thall Coill, a compelling whisper that rustled the leaves above them, that caused the oaks to bend down with many-limbed branches, that hushed the call of the mage-lights nearly invisible under the canopy of the forest.

Where the public feels knee-jerk fright, Cyfer expresses hushed elation.

We would often remain a whole hour opposite each other without exchanging a single word, and our sighs would be heard whatever we did to hush them.

As her explanation did not seem likely to end in the way she wished, she went on talking about the weakness of the flesh, the strength of selflove which often hushes the voice of passion, etc.

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The very rattle of the shingle under my feet and the jingle of my navy scabbard seemed offensive in the perfect hush, and, too awed to be frightened, I presently turned away from the dreadful shine of those cliffs and felt my way along the base of the wall on my own side.

The minutes seemed to drag along with leaden feet, and the quiet, the solemn hush, that brooded over all -- big, as it were, with a coming fate, was most oppressive to the spirits.