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hush (v.)

1540s (trans.), 1560s (intrans.), variant of Middle English huisht (late 14c.), probably of imitative origin, with terminal -t lost probably by being mistaken for a past tense suffix. The sounds chosen presumably for "being sibilations requiring the least muscular effort and admitting of the faintest utterance" [Century Dictionary]. Related: Hushed; hushing.

Figurative use from 1630s. 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 "bribe paid to ensure silence" 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.

hush (n.)

"state of stillness," 1680s, from hush (v.).

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Definitions of hush from WordNet
1
hush (v.)
become quiet or still; fall silent;
hush my baby!
hush (v.)
cause to be quiet or not talk;
Synonyms: quieten / silence / still / shut up / hush up
hush (v.)
become quiet or quieter;
Synonyms: quieten / quiet / quiesce / quiet down / pipe down
hush (v.)
wash by removing particles;
hush (v.)
run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals;
2
hush (n.)
(poetic) tranquil silence;
Synonyms: stillness / still
From wordnet.princeton.edu