Definition of whisht in English:

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


chiefly Scottish & Irish
Hush (used to demand silence): “Whisht, child. Away and do what you’re told.”
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  • 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!".


hold one's whisht

chiefly Scottish & Irish 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!


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

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Syllabification: whisht

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