- enPR: wĭst, IPA(key): /wɪst/ or enPR: hwĭst, IPA(key): /ʍɪst/ (in Scottish English and some English accents)
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- Rhymes: -ɪst
- Homophone: wist (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
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”).
- Alternative spelling of . Silence!, quiet!, hush!, shhh!, shush!
- 1860, anonymous author, Heroes and Hunters of the West, 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.
- (transitive, rare) To hush or shush; to still.
- (intransitive, rare) To become silent.
- 1557 July 1, Virgil, “The Fowrth Boke of Virgiles Aenæis”, in Henry [Howard, Earl] of Surrey, transl., edited by William Bolland, Certain Bokes of Virgiles Aenaeis, Turned into English Meter ([Roxburghe Club Publications; I]), London: […] A[braham] J[ohn] Valpy, […], published 1814, →OCLC:
- The fields whist, beasts, and fowls of divers bue
- (rare) Silent, hushed.
- 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [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. […]
whist m inan
whist c (singular definite whisten, not used in plural form)
whist m (uncountable)
- “whist”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
whist m (invariable)
- whist (card game)