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whist

1
[ hwist, wist ]
/ ʰwɪst, wɪst /
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noun

a card game, an early form of bridge, but without bidding.

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Origin of whist

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1655–65; earlier whisk, perhaps identical with whisk, though sense relationship uncertain

Definition for whist (2 of 2)

Also whisht.

Origin of whist

2
1350–1400, Middle English; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whist (1 of 2)

whist1
/ (wɪst) /

noun

a card game for four in which the two sides try to win the balance of the 13 tricks: forerunner of bridge

Word Origin for whist

C17: perhaps changed from whisk, referring to the sweeping up or whisking up of the tricks

British Dictionary definitions for whist (2 of 2)

whist2
/ (hwist) /

interjection, adjective, verb

a variant of whisht
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