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[hwist, wist, hwisht, wisht] /ʰwɪst, wɪst, ʰwɪʃt, wɪʃt/
interjection, adjective, noun, verb (used with or without object)
whist2 .
Origin of whisht
1510-20; ultimately imitative; compare Old English hwiscettung squeaking (said of mice) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "whisht, sir; the poor lady's dyin', sir," said Kate in a tone of awe.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • And there came a rap, and an aide of Stonewall Jackson's—But whisht!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • whisht, 'uman, he's come around the new cojutor and got a job.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • "whisht, darlint," Kitty said, covering Beth's eyes with her hand.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
  • whisht, ahagur, I do; but let what will happen, sure it's best for us to say nothin'.

  • I held my whisht, and the lads gaed their way; but eugh, eugh!

  • You hold your whisht, and learn behavior while I pay my juty to his honor.

    O'Flaherty V. C. George Bernard Shaw
  • Hold your whisht, mother, will you, or you'll be sorry for it after.

    O'Flaherty V. C. George Bernard Shaw
  • whisht now, don't cry, me fine boy, and maybe I'd sing a song for ye.'

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • That'll do so, and let you whisht, for he's coming now again.

British Dictionary definitions for whisht


hush! be quiet!
silent or still
to make or become silent
See also wheesh
Word Origin
C14: compare hist; also obsolete v. whist to become silent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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