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").