[ st, sst; spelling pronunciation hist ]
/ st, sst; spelling pronunciation hɪst /


(a sibilant exclamation used to attract attention).

Origin of hist

First recorded in 1595–1605; representing in writing the sound sequence st

Definition for hist (2 of 3)


variant of histo- before a vowel: histidine.

Definition for hist (3 of 3)

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British Dictionary definitions for hist


/ (hɪst) /


an exclamation used to attract attention or as a warning to be silent
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Word Origin and History for hist


exclamation commanding silence, attested from 1610s; probably so chosen because the sound is both easy to hear and suddenly silent.

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Medicine definitions for hist



Variant ofhisto-
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