See also: -wist

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (see, know). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (I see). Compare guide.

VerbEdit

wist

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of wit
    • a1796, Robert Burns, "Bonie Jean: A Ballad", in Poems and Songs, P.F. Collier & Son (1909–14), Bartleby.com (2001), [1],
      And lang ere witless Jeanie wist, / Her heart was tint, her peace was stown!
    • 1837 Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution: A History
      Did the maledicent Bodyguard, getting (as was too inevitable) better malediction than he gave, load his musketoon, and threaten to fire; and actually fire? Were wise who wist!

Etymology 2Edit

A misunderstanding, or a joking use of the past indicative of wit: from Old English witan, from Proto-Germanic *witaną, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (see, know). Cognate with Dutch weten, German wissen, Swedish veta, and Latin videō (I see). Compare guide.

VerbEdit

wist (third-person singular simple present wists, present participle wisting, simple past and past participle wisted)

  1. (nonstandard, pseudo-archaic) To know, be aware of.
Usage notesEdit
  • This use of wist was never a part of the regular English language; rather, it resulted from the erroneous attempted use of archaisms.

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Rhymes: -ɪst
  • (file)

VerbEdit

wist

  1. singular past indicative of weten
  2. second- and third-person singular present indicative of wissen
  3. (archaic) plural imperative of wissen

Old EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *wistiz (essence).

NounEdit

wist f

  1. being, existence
  2. well-being
DeclensionEdit
Derived termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Middle English: wiste, wyste

Etymology 2Edit

From Proto-Germanic *wistiz (food).

NounEdit

wist f

  1. provisions, food
  2. feast, meal
  3. delicacy
  4. abundance, plenty
DeclensionEdit