Nearby words

  1. disgust,
  2. disgusted,
  3. disgustful,
  4. disgustfully,
  5. disgusting,
  6. dish aerial,
  7. dish antenna,
  8. dish gravy,
  9. dish night,
  10. dish out


    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.

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

Examples from the Web for dishes

British Dictionary definitions for dishes



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 dishes
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with dishes


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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