whist

1
[ hwist, wist ]
/ ʰwɪst, wɪst /

noun

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

Origin of whist

1
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)

whist

1
/ (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)

whist

2
/ (hwist) /

interjection, adjective, verb

a variant of whisht
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Word Origin and History for whist

whist


n.

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).

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