Definition of whisht in English:

whisht

(also whist, wheesht)

exclamation

Scottish, Irish
  • Hush (used to demand silence):

    ‘Whisht, child. Away and do what you're told’
    • ‘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!".’

Phrases

  • hold one's whisht

    • Keep silent:

      ‘‘Will you hold your whisht a minute while I outline the plan?’’
      • ‘If he doesn't fully accept it then at least he has the manners to hold his whisht!’
      • ‘He may also have held his whisht because the officer behind the new explanation is his son.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

whisht

/(h)wɪʃt/