whist

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of whisk, perhaps so called from the notion of “whisking” up cards after each trick. Altered perhaps on assumption that the word was an interjection invoking silence, by influence of whist (silent).[1]

Noun[edit]

whist (countable and uncountable, plural whists)

  1. Any of several four-player card games, similar to bridge.
  2. A session of playing this card game.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English whist (silent), possibly onomatopoeic.

Interjection[edit]

whist

  1. Alternative spelling of whisht. Silence!, quiet!, hush!, shhh!, shush!
    • 1860, anonymous, Heroes and Hunters of the West[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
      … for scarcely had they descended one hundred feet, when a low “whist” from the girl, warned them of present danger.

Verb[edit]

whist (third-person singular simple present whists, present participle whisting, simple past and past participle whisted)

  1. (transitive, rare) To hush, shush, or whisht; to still.
  2. (intransitive, rare) To become silent.

Adjective[edit]

whist (comparative more whist, superlative most whist)

  1. (rare) Silent, hushed.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Come unto these yellow sands, / And then take hands: / Courtsied when you have and kiss'd / The wild waves whist, / Foot it featly here and there; / And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear. []

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “whist”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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Czech[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English whist.

Noun[edit]

whist m

  1. whist

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English whist.

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whist c (singular definite whisten, not used in plural form)

  1. whist (a card game)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English whist.

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Noun[edit]

whist m (uncountable)

  1. whist

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English whist.

Noun[edit]

whist m (invariable)

  1. whist (card game)