verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
- to deal out; distribute: She dished out our pay in silver dollars.
Origin of dish
Related formsun·der·dish, noun
British Dictionary definitions for dish out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for dish out (2 of 2)
Derived Formsdishlike, adjective
Word Origin for dish
Idioms and Phrases with dish out (1 of 2)
Deal out, dispense, as in He dishes out advice to one and all. This expression alludes to serving food from a dish. ] Colloquial; first half of 1600s]
dish it out. Dispense abuse or punishment, as in He can dish it out with the best of them, but he can't take it. [Slang; c. 1930]
Idioms and Phrases with dish out (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with dish
- dish out
- dish the dirt
- do the dishes
Also see underdishwater.