- 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.
- 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.
- Slang. to talk together informally, especially, to gossip.
- dish out, Informal.
- to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
- to deal out; distribute: She dished out our pay in silver dollars.
- 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
Examples from the Web for dishing
No dishing, and his emotions in the book are no different than the ones he expressed, apparently, in a press release.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Despite whatever acidic rhetoric Latino leaders are dishing out toward Obama today, I would expect that will change this fall.Immigration Reform? Not Until Hillary
September 8, 2014
Seventeen magazine is the Cosmopolitan for teens, dishing out one wild—and unbelievable—piece of advice after another.17 Terrible Pieces of Advice from ‘Seventeen’s’ Ultimate Guide to Guys
January 30, 2014
Lagerfeld may not handle criticism well, but he certainly has a history of dishing it out.
In dishing the dirt on Bill Clinton aka Jack Stanton, its anonymity was the guarantee of its candor.The Real Story of "O"
January 23, 2011
And it means popping the individual into a mould, and dishing him up as a dummy.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
They were dishing up the dinner and putting the finishing-touches to the table.
“I was attending a sick friend,” said Benjamin, dishing up the chops.The Tale of Timber Town
In a trice Charboneau was back at the skillets, dishing up the dinner.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
In dishing up, be very careful not to let the lobster crumble or break.Paper-bag Cookery
- 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
- short for dish aerial, satellite dish aerial
- informal an attractive person
- informal something that one particularly enjoys or excels in
- to put into a dish
- to make hollow or concave
- British informal to ruin or spoilhe dished his chances of getting the job
Word Origin and History for dishing
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.
Idioms and Phrases with dishing
In addition to the idioms beginning with dish
- dish out
- dish the dirt
- do the dishes
Also see underdishwater.