whister

whist

2 [hwist, wist]
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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whist1 (wɪst)
 
n
a card game for four in which the two sides try to win the balance of the 13 tricks: forerunner of bridge
 
[C17: perhaps changed from whisk, referring to the sweeping up or whisking up of the tricks]

whist2 (hwist)
 
interj, —adj, —vb
a variant of whisht

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whist
card game, 1663, alteration of whisk "kind of card game," alluded to as early as 1529, 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" (M.E.).
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