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