verb (used without object), shish-ke·babbed, shish-ke·bab·bing.

to broil or roast food on a skewer.

verb (used with object), shish-ke·babbed, shish-ke·bab·bing.

to broil or roast (food) on a skewer.

Sometimes shish-ka·bob.

shish kebab

[shish kuh-bob]


a dish consisting of kabobs broiled or roasted on a skewer.
Sometimes shish ka·bob.

Origin of shish kebab

1910–15; < Turkish şişkebabι, equivalent to şiş spit (cf. shashlik) + kebap roast meat (cf. kabob) + 3rd singular possessive suffix
Also called shashlik, shashlick, shaslik. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shish-kebab

Contemporary Examples of shish-kebab

  • He mistrusted the “shish-kebab temperament” of the conductor, the Armenian Alexander Melik-Pashayev.

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British Dictionary definitions for shish-kebab

shish kebab


a dish consisting of small pieces of meat and vegetables threaded onto skewers and grilled

Word Origin for shish kebab

from Turkish şiş kebab, from şiş skewer; see kebab
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Word Origin and History for shish-kebab

shish kebab


1914, from Armenian shish kabab, from Turkish siskebap, from sis "skewer" + kebap "roast meat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper