Definition of Shut up

1. Verb. Refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent. "The children shut up when their father approached"

2. Adjective. Closely confined.
Exact synonyms: Pent
Similar to: Confined

3. Verb. Place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape. "She locked her jewels in the safe"
Exact synonyms: Lock, Lock Away, Lock In, Lock Up, Put Away, Shut Away
Generic synonyms: Confine
Derivative terms: Lockup

4. Verb. Cause to be quiet or not talk. "Please silence the children in the church!"
Exact synonyms: Hush, Hush Up, Quieten, Silence, Still
Specialized synonyms: Shush, Calm Down, Lull, Shout Down, Gag, Muzzle
Causes: Hush
Generic synonyms: Conquer, Curb, Inhibit, Stamp Down, Subdue, Suppress
Related verbs: Hush, Pipe Down, Quiesce, Quiet, Quiet Down, Quieten
Derivative terms: Hush, Silence, Silence, Silence, Silencer, Silencer, Still
Also: Hush Up
Antonyms: Louden

Definition of Shut up

1. Verb. (transitive) To close (a building) so that no one can enter. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To terminate (a business). ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To put (an object) in a secure enclosed place. ¹

5. Verb. (ergative) Of a person, to stop talking or (of a person or thing) making noise. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive colloquial used only in the imperative) I don't believe it!, no way! ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shut Up

shut-in personality
shut away
shut down
shut in
shut off
shut one's face
shut one's mouth
shut out
shut the door on
shut up (current term)
shut up(p)
shut up shop

Literary usage of Shut up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1895)
"That the constables see every house shut up, and to be attended with watchmen, which may keep in, and minister necessaries to them at their own charges,1 if ..."

2. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"To SHUT up. To close; to make impervious; to make impassable, or impossible to be entered or quitted. Up is sometimes little more th;m ..."

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