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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
1350-1400, Middle English; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whistest

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 whistest

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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