from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express a demand for silence.
- transitive v. To demand silence from by saying "shush”: "Simon shushed him quickly as though he had spoken too loudly in church” ( William Golding).
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- v. To be quiet; to keep quiet.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
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So, for example, when I appear to "shush" the camera in this video, rest assured, that's not the case!
(Could you imagine how strange it would be if the umpire signaled to the crowd before C.C. Sabathia pitched that they had to "shush" while the big left hander delivered the ball?)
There were only a few out bursts from the opposition which were hushed with a librarian style 'shush' from the crowd.
CNN didn't get the message – although they knew enough to say "shush" about that message just before the on-camera appearance.
I'm watching by myself this week because my friend Travis thinks I would "shush" him.
No sign of post-Act I applauders, and there always are some and some 'shush'ers.
All of this, while the teachers confiscate cell phones and "shush" students who cannot hear because of the pitiful PA system.
I try not to "shush" anyone unless they're really loud or having a conversation across the room.
Common problems are teenagers graffiti, public urinatiion, being surly with staff...you think this is a "shush" problem?
I'm pretty happy to have a cool doll to represent me, even if I don't "shush" people.