- a card game, an early form of bridge, but without bidding.
Origin of whist1
- hush! silence! be still!
- hushed; silent; still.
- Chiefly Irish. silence: Hold your whist.
- British Dialect. to be or become silent.
- British Dialect. to silence.
Origin of whist2
Related Words for whistreticent, soft, silent, peaceful, muted, reserved, mute, muffled, low, close, still, whist, closed, smooth, stock-still, pacific, halcyon, static, sealed
Examples from the Web for whist
Historical Examples of whist
After dinner, they sat down to whist, of which Miss Vavasor was very fond.Weighed and Wanting
De Vaudemont—it is a good name,—perhaps, too, he plays at whist.
Vaudemont, you are bolder in hunting, they tell me, than you are at whist.
If she had the ace of trumps in her hand at whist, she wouldn't say anything, child.Little Dorrit
My godfather, M. Meydieu, my aunt, and my mother were just beginning a game of whist.My Double Life
- 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
- a variant of whisht
card game, 1660s, alteration of whisk "kind of card game," alluded to as early as 1520s, perhaps so called from the notion of "whisking" up cards after each trick; altered perhaps from assumption that it was an interjection invoking silence, from whist "silent" (Middle English).