WORD ORIGIN noun . Chiefly Irish silence: Hold your whist. verb (used without object) . British Dialect to be or become silent. verb (used with object) . British Dialect to silence. Origin of whist 2 1350–1400, Middle English; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whisted 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 interjection, adjective, verb
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Word Origin and History for whisted 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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