Nearby words

  1. whispering gallery,
  2. whisperingly,
  3. whisperous,
  4. whisperously,
  5. whispery,
  6. whist drive,
  7. whistle,
  8. whistle dixie,
  9. whistle for,
  10. whistle in the dark

Also whisht.

Origin of whist

1350–1400, Middle English; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for whisted


/ (wɪst) /


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


/ (hwist) /

interjection, adjective, verb

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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