intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English; imitative Date: 14th century chiefly Irish hush — often used interjectionally to enjoin silence

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  • whisht — [hwisht, wisht] vt., n., interj. [Chiefly Scot. or Irish] hush …   English World dictionary

  • whisht — [(h)wɪʃt] (also wheesht, whist) exclamation chiefly Scottish & Irish hush! Phrases hold one s whisht keep silent. Origin C16: natural exclamation …   English new terms dictionary

  • whisht — /hwist, wist, hwisht, wisht/, interj., adj., n., v.i., v.t. whist2. [1510 20; ult. imit.; cf. OE hwiscettung squeaking (said of mice)] * * * …   Universalium

  • whisht — interjection a) shush, silence, be quiet! b) A sound often used to calm livestock, cattle, sheep etc …   Wiktionary

  • whisht — I Cleveland Dialect List be still, be silent II Mid Ulster English be quiet (a command) The Irish huist , meaning be quiet , is an unlikely source since the word is known throughout England and Scotland where it derives from early Middle English… …   English dialects glossary

  • whisht! — I A Geordie Dictionary Be quiet See the Lambton Worm II North Country (Newcastle) Words be silent, hush! …   English dialects glossary

  • whisht — /wɪst/ (say wist) interjection Obsolete → whist1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • whisht —   exclamation, hush …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • whisht — v. (also whist) esp. Sc. & Ir. dial. 1 intr. (esp. as int.) be quiet; hush. 2 tr. quieten. Etymology: imit …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold one's whisht — or (Scot) haud one s wheesht To remain silent • • • Main Entry: ↑whisht * * * keep silent …   Useful english dictionary

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