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[ dish ]


  1. an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, especially for holding or serving food.
  2. any container used at table:

    dirty dishes.

  3. the food served or contained in a dish:

    The meal consisted of several dishes.

  4. a particular article, type, or preparation of food:

    Rice is an inexpensive dish.

  5. the quantity held by a dish; dishful:

    a dish of applesauce.

  6. anything like a dish in form or use.
  7. concavity or the degree of concavity, as of a wheel.
  8. Also called dish an·ten·na [dish, an-ten-, uh]. a concave, dish-shaped reflector serving to focus electromagnetic energy as part of a transmitter or receiver of radio, television, or microwave signals.
  9. Slang. an attractive person, especially a female:

    His wife is quite a dish.

  10. Slang. an item of gossip.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put into or serve in a dish, as food:

    to dish food onto plates.

  2. to fashion like a dish; make concave.
  3. Slang. to gossip about:

    They talked all night, dishing their former friends.

  4. Slang. to defeat; frustrate; cheat.

verb (used without object)

  1. Slang. to talk together informally, especially, to gossip.

verb phrase

  1. Informal.
    1. to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
    2. to deal out; distribute:

      She dished out our pay in silver dollars.


/ dɪʃ /


  1. a container used for holding or serving food, esp an open shallow container of pottery, glass, etc
  2. the food that is served or contained in a dish
  3. a particular article or preparation of food

    a local fish dish

  4. Also calleddishful the amount contained in a dish
  5. something resembling a dish, esp in shape
  6. a concavity or depression
  7. informal.
    an attractive person
  8. informal.
    something that one particularly enjoys or excels in


  1. to put into a dish
  2. to make hollow or concave
  3. informal.
    to ruin or spoil

    he dished his chances of getting the job

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdishˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • un·der·dish noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dish1

before 900; Middle English; Old English disc dish, plate, bowl (akin to German Tisch table) < Latin discus dish, discus

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dish1

Old English disc, from Latin discus quoit, see disc

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. dish it out, Informal. to dispense abusive language, punishment, or praise, enthusiastic approval, etc.:

    When it comes to flattery, he can really dish it out.

More idioms and phrases containing dish

  • do the dishes
  • dishwater

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Example Sentences

KitchenMate delivers new Meal-Pods once or twice a week, and teams can influence what gets delivered by voting on the dishes that they want.

No more long nights or gross sponges, trying to avoid dirty dishes in your sink.

If we have a hankering for a dish of pasta loaded with shaved truffles, we know where to go.

From Fortune

Then there are others who can’t so much as wash the dishes or make a sales call without first devising an optimal plan of attack.

From Quartz

A mouse is not a person, and brain cells in a dish do not make a brain.

Caen was pitching and I was crouched behind the dish, catching.

Combine the beans and onion sauce in a 9x9-inch casserole dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

DISH is the first and only provider to offer the Netflix app.

DISH delivers a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience to every room of your home, wirelessly.

Add to that the DISH Anywhere app, and you have instant access to the program guide and the ability to record shows on the go.

A dish of toads of the largest and most repulsive variety used to be offered one by one to the big man's relatives and guests.

This gift of rice was especially pleasing to the traveller, as no dish is held in higher honour in Korea.

"Perry Thomas guessed he was an embezzler," said Tim, putting the last dish in the cupboard and sitting down to his pipe.

When our nosegay is ready, we lay the cone with the flowers very carefully in a dish of water.

Your electro-plated butter-dish, or whatever it's going to be, will be simply flung back at you.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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