In what threatened to be a hush, one of the visitors offered some unbidden news.
But when the name was read—Joseph Ratzinger—a hush fell over the square.
The employee described it as a kind of hush money, making staffers disinclined to question dubious company practices.
They slowed, and the rushing sound gave way to a hush that made the crystalline tranquillity complete.
Fried catfish, French-fried potatoes, hush puppies, coleslaw, all in the center of the table.
At first there was the hush of grief and the silence of sudden shock.
Kitty dropped on the floor at Helen's feet; the hush in the room was breathless.
Then mayhap he lost consciousness for I heard not a sound, and the whole city lay still in the hush of the noonday sleep.
There was a short consultation, the hush of something wrong, and a murmur of an objection.
hush, child; take the cap; I give it to you, its yours, do what you choose with it.
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.