- 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
- 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
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).