concave: a dished face.
Older Slang. exhausted; worn out.
(of a parallel pair of vehicle wheels) farther apart at the top than at the bottom.

Origin of dished

First recorded in 1580–90; dish + -ed2




an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, especially for holding or serving food.
any container used at table: dirty dishes.
the food served or contained in a dish: The meal consisted of several dishes.
a particular article, type, or preparation of food: Rice is an inexpensive dish.
the quantity held by a dish; dishful: a dish of applesauce.
anything like a dish in form or use.
concavity or the degree of concavity, as of a wheel.
Also called dish antenna. a concave, dish-shaped reflector serving to focus electromagnetic energy as part of a transmitter or receiver of radio, television, or microwave signals.
Slang. an attractive person, especially a female: His wife is quite a dish.
Slang. an item of gossip.

verb (used with object)

to put into or serve in a dish, as food: to dish food onto plates.
to fashion like a dish; make concave.
Slang. to gossip about: They talked all night, dishing their former friends.
Slang. to defeat; frustrate; cheat.

verb (used without object)

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

Verb Phrases

dish out, Informal.
  1. to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
  2. to deal out; distribute: She dished out our pay in silver dollars.

Origin of dish

before 900; Middle English; Old English disc dish, plate, bowl (akin to German Tisch table) < Latin discus dish, discus
Related formsun·der·dish, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dished



shaped like a dish; concave
(of a pair of road wheels) arranged so that they are closer to one another at the bottom than at the top
informal exhausted or defeated



a container used for holding or serving food, esp an open shallow container of pottery, glass, etc
the food that is served or contained in a dish
a particular article or preparation of fooda local fish dish
Also called: dishful the amount contained in a dish
something resembling a dish, esp in shape
a concavity or depression
informal an attractive person
informal something that one particularly enjoys or excels in

verb (tr)

to put into a dish
to make hollow or concave
British informal to ruin or spoilhe dished his chances of getting the job
See also dish out, dish up
Derived Formsdishlike, adjective

Word Origin for dish

Old English disc, from Latin discus quoit, see disc
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Word Origin and History for dished



Old English disc "plate, bowl, platter," from Latin discus "dish, platter, quoit," from Greek diskos "disk, platter" (see disk). A common West Germanic borrowing; Old High German borrowed the word as tisc "plate," but German tisch now means "table," in common with other later Romanic forms (e.g. Italian desco, French dais). Meaning "particular variety of food served" is first recorded mid-15c. Meaning "what one likes" is c.1900; that of "attractive woman" is 1920s. Meaning "concave reflector or antenna" attested from 1948.



"to serve food," late 14c., from dish (n.). Meaning "to disparage, denigrate" first recorded 1940s; probably from the same notion in figurative dish it out "administer punishment" (1934). Related: Dished; dishing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dished


In addition to the idioms beginning with dish

  • dish out
  • dish the dirt

also see:

  • do the dishes

Also see underdishwater.

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