[st, sst; spelling pronunciation hist]


(a sibilant exclamation used to attract attention).

Nearby words

  1. hisself,
  2. hissing,
  3. hissingly,
  4. hissy,
  5. hissy fit,
  6. hist-,
  7. hist.,
  8. histadrut,
  9. histalog test,
  10. histamin

Origin of hist

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


variant of histo- before a vowel: histidine.


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British Dictionary definitions for hist



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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