[hwist, wist, hwisht, wisht]

interjection, adjective, noun, verb (used with or without object)

Origin of whisht

1510–20; ultimately imitative; compare Old English hwiscettung squeaking (said of mice)
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Examples from the Web for whisht

Historical Examples of whisht

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

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • And there came a rap, and an aide of Stonewall Jackson's—But whisht!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Whisht, 'uman, he's come around the new cojutor and got a job.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • "Whisht, darlint," Kitty said, covering Beth's eyes with her hand.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand

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

British Dictionary definitions for whisht


whist (hwist)


hush! be quiet!


silent or still


to make or become silent
See also wheesh

Word Origin for whisht

C14: compare hist; also obsolete v. whist to become silent
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