from The Century Dictionary.
- A sibilant utterance used to attract attention and command or suggest silence.
- noun A common dialectal form of
- To incite, as a dog, by making a sibilant sound.
- [In the following passage hist is apparently the imperative of the verb, but it is peculiarly used, perhaps like
whistas used also by Milton as an apparent past participle (“the winds with wonder whist”).
- noun An abbreviation of history, historical.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- interjection Hush; be silent; -- a signal for silence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun UK
history, mainly used by schoolchildren.
- interjection A
sibilant exclamationthat one should be silent
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A hissing noise was heard as if from a score of rattlesnakes, and now the cow-punchers emerged on all sides from the darkness, stepping high, with ludicrously exaggerated caution, and "hist" - ing to one another to observe the utmost prudence in approaching.
Wimmen's clubs is all right so long as they stick to readin 'hist'ry and discussin' tattin ', but when they flock like a lot of old hen turkeys and go to peckin' a man because he's down and can't help himself, it ain't anything but persecution -- wolves turnin 'on another one that's got his leg broke.
But the girls had not reached the living-room door before a "hist" halted them.
The "hist" was repeated, and then her own name was called softly but imperatively.
For we had not lain half an hour, enjoying the shade, and I half asleep, when he started up with a "hist," and slipped an arrow into his bow.
As there was no vacant place, the slaves took hold of one of the guests, and gave him what the boys would call a "hist," right through the window, and
It would be a kind of hist, you know, to see my name in print, Captain Joseph Peterkin, P.M. '
As I did so, I heard the "hist" of another arrow passing my cheek.
"Wa-al," said the farmer, smiling, "I d'no ez 't' hes so to speak a hist'ry, an 'yit there's allays somethin' amoosin 'to me about that platter.
"hist" from his lips caused the speaker to moderate his tones instantly.