whist
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English; imitative Date: 14th century dialect British to be silent ; hush — often used interjectionally to enjoin silence II. adjective Date: 15th century quiet, silent III. noun Etymology: alteration of earlier whisk, probably from 2whisk; from whisking up the tricks Date: 1663 a card game for four players in two partnerships that is played with a pack of 52 cards and that scores one point for each trick in excess of six

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  • whist — whist …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • whist — [ wist ] n. m. • 1687; var. w(h)iskXVIIIe; mot angl. ♦ Anciennt Jeu de cartes répandu en France au XIXe s., ancêtre du bridge (qui l a éliminé). ● whist nom masculin (anglais whist, altération de whisk, peut être de to whisk, balayer) Jeu de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Whist — Whist, n. [From {Whist}, interj.] A certain game at cards; so called because it requires silence and close attention. It is played by four persons (those who sit opposite each other being partners) with a complete pack of fifty two cards. Each… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whist — Whist, a. [Properly p. p. of whist, v.] Not speaking; not making a noise; silent; mute; still; quiet. So whist and dead a silence. Sir J. Harrington. [1913 Webster] The winds, with wonder whist, Smoothly the waters kissed. Milton. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whist — Whist, v. t. [From {Whist}, interj.] To hush or silence. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whist — [vist, engl. wist] das; [e]s <aus gleichbed. engl. whist, älter engl. whisk, vielleicht beeinflusst von veraltet, noch mdal. whist »Stillschweigen«> aus England stammendes Kartenspiel mit 52 Karten …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • Whist — Whist, v. i. To be or become silent or still; to be hushed or mute. [R.] Surrey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whist — Whist, interj. [Cf. G. st! pst! bst! ???. Cf. {Hist}.] Be silent; be still; hush; silence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whist — Whist, ein aus England stammendes Kartenspiel, das, wie der Name andeutet, große Aufmerksamkeit und deshalb »Stille« erfordert. Es wird von vier Personen mit voller französischer Karte (Whistkarte, zu 52 Blättern) gespielt. Je zwei, sich… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • whist — [wıst] n [U] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: whisk whist (17 19 centuries); perhaps because the cards are whisked or taken away quickly] a card game for four players in two pairs, in which each pair tries to win the most ↑tricks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whist — 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… …   Etymology dictionary

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