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whisht Syllabification: whisht
Pronunciation: /(h)wiSHt/
(also whist)

Definition of whisht in English:


chiefly Scottish , Irish
Hush (used to demand silence): “Whisht, child. Away and do what you’re told.”
More example sentences
  • In the shelter people were singing and the children were making a noise and one old lady would say "Wheesht, wheesht, they'll hear ya!".


Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the mid 16th century.


hold one's whisht

Keep silent.
Example sentences
  • He may also have held his whisht because the officer behind the new explanation is his son.
  • If he doesn't fully accept it then at least he has the manners to hold his whisht!

Words that rhyme with whisht

unfleshed • unestablished

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