Partners are drawn for as at whist, the player drawing the highest card leading.
After dinner, they sat down to whist, of which Miss Vavasor was very fond.
Parson, slapping his cards on the table in despair: "Are we playing at whist, or are we not?"
De Vaudemont—it is a good name,—perhaps, too, he plays at whist.
Dinner over, we resumed our whist, and played until midnight.
Vaudemont, you are bolder in hunting, they tell me, than you are at whist.
Soon silence reigned, while the three friends were absorbed in the mysteries of whist.
My godfather, M. Meydieu, my aunt, and my mother were just beginning a game of whist.
Quadrille-cards will not do for whist, for all the eights, nines, and tens are thrown out.
There the night was spent in whist, faro, suppers, and political consultations.
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).