[st, sst; spelling pronunciation hist]
- (a sibilant exclamation used to attract attention).
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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Examples from the Web for hist
He was passing a thicket that skirted the road, when a cautious "Hist!"
This singular placard is given in extenso by Gerdesius, Hist.
Quintin's speech is given in full by La Place, 93-109; Hist.
The dates of these letters, in connection with a statement in the Hist.
The response of the queen is concisely given by La Place, the 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Variant ofhisto-
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