from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to urge silence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as husht, whist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection UK, Scotland shush, silence, be quiet!
  • interjection A sound often used to calm livestock, cattle, sheep etc.


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  • Tattine stood aghast, but Patrick's "whisht" kept her still for a moment, while the cat made its way along one of the branches.


  • Ai sorta whisht tehy dint maek him hav teh stringee hare!

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  • ‘Whisht, woman! whisht!’ said the blind man, angrily, shaking his locks; ‘dinna deave the gentleman wi’ your havers.


  • “I will not whisht, Cuddie,” replied his mother, “I will uplift my voice and spare not — I will confound the man of sin, even the scarlet man, and through my voice shall Mr Henry be freed from the net of the fowler.”

    Old Mortality

  • “Whisht, whisht, mither!” cried Cuddie impatiently.

    Old Mortality

  • I could hear Jamie rustling around the fire, and the quick, soft whisht of his knife as he skinned green oak twigs for broiling the fish.

    Drums of Autumn

  • "Be whisht wid yer mary-cles!" exclaimed old Mrs. Brown, snatching the doll, holding it high out of reach, and spreading out her other hand to keep Biddy off.

    Harper's Young People, February 24, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • 'Whisht, mother, whisht wi' yer talk afore strange gentlemen, 'said he, and he seemed to be very uneasy beneath her scorn.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • 'Whisht, then, whisht!' said a kindly voice in his ear.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • And by-and-by, when the rich yellow sky began to darken and the flocks of rooks flew cawing overhead, Ruth would shiver with a delicious sense of security as she stood beneath the porch in the gathering twilight and heard the wind begin to moan and sigh mysteriously, as if it trembled at the thought of spending the night on the hillside with no other company than that "whisht [Q] owld house."

    Drolls From Shadowland


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  • "'Dan, Dan, that I mightn't stir, but 'tisn't an hour since I had it at the barracks!'

    'Ah, whisht, now, whisht! Whisht, will you! I have something here to give you an appetite.'"

    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Majesty of the Law'.

    September 5, 2008