Part of speech:

Imp. of WIT, v.; sometimes used incorrectly for the present tense. Compare WIS.

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Usage examples "wist":

  1. And what simple glee was mine when our horses splashed the old woman from head to foot, inasmuch as I wist for certain that she could have stolen to my grand- uncle's house at that late hour to no end but to reveal whatsoever she might have picked up from her friend and gossip at the forest- lodge. - "Margery, Volume 7.", Georg Ebers.
  2. There was not one that knew her nor wist where she was become. - "Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table", Thomas Malory.
  3. From the Training School of Rugby wrote head- master, Mr Wist: " Just take a handful of their hair, and give a sharp, short twist." - "Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1", Edward William Cole.