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WHIST, adjective Silent; mute; still; not speaking; not making a noise.

The winds with wonder whist smoothly the waters kissd.

[This adjective, like some others, always follows its noun. We never say, whist wind; but the wind is whist ]

WHIST is used for be silent. whist whist that is, be silent or still.

WHIST, noun A game at cards, so called because it requires silence or close attention. It is not in America pronounced whisk.