- enPR: wĭst, IPA(key): /wɪst/ or enPR: hwĭst, IPA(key): /ʍɪst/ (in Scottish English and some English accents)
- Rhymes: -ɪst
- Homophone: wist (in accents with the wine-whine merger)
whist (plural whists)
- (rare) Silent.
- (transitive, rare) To hush or silence; to still.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- (intransitive, rare) To become silent.
- 1623, William Shakespeare, The Tempest:
- Come unto these yellow sands,
- And then take hands:
- Courtsied when you have and kiss'd
- The wild waves whist,
- Foot it featly here and there;
- And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Surrey to this entry?)
- Alternative spelling of Silence! Quiet! Hush! Shhh!
1860, anonymous, Heroes and Hunters of the West, HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
- … for scarcely had they descended one hundred feet, when a low “whist” from the girl, warned them of present danger.
whist m (uncountable)
- “whist” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).