Origin of whistME: echoic
Origin of whistaltered ; from earlier whisk: probably from the habit of whisking the tricks from the table as soon as played
Origin of whistAlteration (perhaps influenced by the exclamation whist, silence!) of obsolete and dialectal whisk, perhaps from whisk.
(comparative more whist, superlative most whist)
(third-person singular simple present whists, present participle whisting, simple past and past participle whisted)
- Alternative spelling of whisht. Silence! Quiet! Hush! Shhh!
Middle English whist (“silent").