wist

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See also: -wist

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (see, know). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (I see). Compare guide.

Verb[edit]

wist

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of wit
    • a1796, Robert Burns, "Bonie Jean: A Ballad", in Poems and Songs, P.F. Collier & Son (1909–14), Bartleby.com (2001), [1],
      And lang ere witless Jeanie wist, / Her heart was tint, her peace was stown!
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Did the maledicent Bodyguard, getting (as was too inevitable) better malediction than he gave, load his musketoon, and threaten to fire; and actually fire? Were wise who wist!

Etymology 2[edit]

A misunderstanding, or a joking use of the past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (see, know). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (I see). Compare guide.

Verb[edit]

wist (third-person singular simple present wists, present participle wisting, simple past and past participle wisted)

  1. (nonstandard, pseudo-archaic) To know, be aware of.
Usage notes[edit]
  • This use of wist was never a part of the regular English language; rather, it resulted from the erroneous attempted use of archaisms.

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Rhymes: -ɪst
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

wist

  1. singular past indicative of weten
  2. second- and third-person singular present indicative of wissen
  3. (archaic) plural imperative of wissen

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wistiz (essence).

Noun[edit]

wist f

  1. being, existence
  2. well-being
Declension[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Middle English: wiste, wyste

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wistiz (food).

Noun[edit]

wist f

  1. provisions, food
  2. feast, meal
  3. delicacy
  4. abundance, plenty
Declension[edit]

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From English whist.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wist m inan

  1. whist (card game)

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wist in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • wist in Polish dictionaries at PWN