You can use the word "hush" when there’s a need to keep people quiet.

  • Hush! (Be quiet!)
  • You’re going to have to hush.
  • The teacher tried to get the students to hush.
  • A moviegoer told the person sitting behind her to hush.
  • It can be difficult to get someone to hush.
  • Please, hush!

sleeping baby

Hush! The baby is sleeping.

The word "hushed" is an adjective:

  • The speaker told a hushed crowd of how a woman escaped from captors in her home country.
  • A hushed group of students listened to a former Navy Seal tell about his experiences in Iraq.
  • The two boys spoke in hushed whispers before falling asleep.

The word "hush" can also be used as a noun:

  • A hush fell over the crowd.
  • There was a hush as soon as the speaker began his presentation.
  • Rescuers at the site of an earthquake raised their arms and suddenly there was a hush as they listened for cries of help.

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May 11, 2018