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hist

[st, sst; spelling pronunciation hist]
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interjection
  1. (a sibilant exclamation used to attract attention).
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Origin of hist

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

hist-

  1. variant of histo- before a vowel: histidine.
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British Dictionary definitions for hist

hist

interjection
  1. 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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hist in Medicine

hist-

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  1. Variant ofhisto-