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

  • "whisht, sir; the poor lady's dyin', sir," said Kate in a tone of awe.

    The Masked Bridal Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
  • whisht now, and I'll give ye the partic'lars and inshtruct ye what to do.

    Brave Tom Edward S. Ellis
  • whisht, 'uman, he's come around the new cojutor and got a job.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • But Barney interrupted her with a sudden incredulous gesture and a big sob, "Ah, whisht, Sisther!"

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  • You hold your whisht, and learn behavior while I pay my juty to his honor.

    O'Flaherty V. C. George Bernard Shaw
  • And there came a rap, and an aide of Stonewall Jackson's—But whisht!

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • whisht now, don't cry, me fine boy, and maybe I'd sing a song for ye.'

    Cedar Creek Elizabeth Hely Walshe
  • "whisht, darlint," Kitty said, covering Beth's eyes with her hand.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • 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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