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whist1

[hwist, wist] /ʰwɪst, wɪst/
noun
1.
a card game, an early form of bridge, but without bidding.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; earlier whisk, perhaps identical with whisk, though sense relationship uncertain

whist2

[hwist, wist] /ʰwɪst, wɪst/
interjection
1.
hush! silence! be still!
adjective
2.
hushed; silent; still.
noun
3.
Chiefly Irish. silence:
Hold your whist.
verb (used without object)
4.
British Dialect. to be or become silent.
verb (used with object)
5.
British Dialect. to silence.
Also, whisht.
Origin
1350-1400, Middle English; imitative
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Examples for whist
  • The loser of a hand at whist sometimes tells what he would have done if he had only had another trump.
  • He had not been asked to join the tennis club or the whist club.
  • They had solemn rubbers of whist, when they went upstairs after drinking, and their carriages were called at half-past ten.
British Dictionary definitions for whist

whisht

/hwiʃt/
interjection
1.
hush! be quiet!
adjective
2.
silent or still
verb
3.
to make or become silent
See also wheesh
Word Origin
C14: compare hist; also obsolete v. whist to become silent

whist1

/wɪst/
noun
1.
a card game for four in which the two sides try to win the balance of the 13 tricks: forerunner of bridge
Word Origin
C17: perhaps changed from whisk, referring to the sweeping up or whisking up of the tricks

whist2

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