shut up

shut up
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [shuht uhp]
    • /ʃʌt ʌp/
    • /ʃʌt ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shuht uhp]
    • /ʃʌt ʌp/

Definitions of shut up words

  • verb with object shut up to put (a door, cover, etc.) in position to close or obstruct. 1
  • verb with object shut up to close the doors of (often followed by up): to shut up a shop for the night. 1
  • verb with object shut up to close (something) by bringing together or folding its parts: Shut your book. Shut the window! 1
  • verb with object shut up to confine; enclose: to shut a bird into a cage. 1
  • verb with object shut up to bar; exclude: They shut him from their circle. 1
  • verb with object shut up to cause (a factory, school, etc.) to end or suspend operations, services, or business activity: He shut his store, sold his house, and moved away. We're shutting the office for two weeks in June. 1

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Origin of shut up

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; Middle English s(c)hutten, s(c)hetten, s(c)hitten Old English scyttan “to bolt (a door)”; akin to shoot1

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Parts of speech for Shut up


shut up popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

shut up usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for shut up

verb shut up

  • balmed — simple past tense and past participle of balm.
  • blockaded — the isolating, closing off, or surrounding of a place, as a port, harbor, or city, by hostile ships or troops to prevent entrance or exit.
  • burke — Edmund. 1729–97, British Whig statesman, conservative political theorist, and orator, born in Ireland: defended parliamentary government and campaigned for a more liberal treatment of the American colonies; denounced the French Revolution
  • burked — to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.
  • burking — to murder, as by suffocation, so as to leave no or few marks of violence.

adj shut up

  • locked in — a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc.

adjective shut up

  • enclosed — Surround or close off on all sides.
  • quarantined — a strict isolation imposed to prevent the spread of disease.

Antonyms for shut up

verb shut up

  • blab — If someone blabs about something secret, they tell people about it.
  • blathering — foolish, voluble talk: His speech was full of the most amazing blather.
  • blurt out — If someone blurts something out, they blurt it.
  • have one's say — When one of the people or groups involved in a discussion has their say, they give their opinion.
  • let out — (of fur) processed by cutting parallel diagonal slashes into the pelt and sewing the slashed edges together to lengthen the pelt and to improve the appearance of the fur.

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