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[hwist, wist]
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  1. hush! silence! be still!
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  1. hushed; silent; still.
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  1. Chiefly Irish. silence: Hold your whist.
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verb (used without object)
  1. British Dialect. to be or become silent.
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verb (used with object)
  1. British Dialect. to silence.
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Also whisht.

Origin of whist2

1350–1400, Middle English; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whisted


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

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


interjection, adjective, verb
  1. a variant of whisht
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Word Origin and History for whisted



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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