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Meaning of dish by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English disc from West Proto-Germanic *diskaz, from Latin discus. Cognate with Dutch disch ( “table” ), German Tisch ( “table” ) .


    • IPA: /dɪʃ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪʃ


    dish ( plural: dishes )

    1. A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle .
    2. The contents of such a vessel .
      a dish of stew
    3. A specific type of prepared food .
      a vegetable dish
      this dish is filling and easily made
    4. ( in the plural: ) Tableware ( including cutlery, etc, as well as crockery ) that is to be or is being washed after being used to prepare, serve and eat a meal .
      It's your turn to wash the dishes .
    5. a type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl, as in satellite dish, radar dish
    6. ( slang ) A sexually attractive person .


    See also

    • plate


    dish ( third-person singular simple present dishes present participle dishing, simple past and past participle dished )

    1. ( transitive ) To put in a dish or dishes; serve, usually food .
      The restaurant dished up a delicious Italian brunch .
    2. ( informal, slang ) To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another .

    Derived terms


    • HSDI
    • shid, SHID

Explanation of dish by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make concave

    2. provide ( usually but not necessarily food )

    3. She dished out the soup at 8 P.M.
    1. an activity that you like or at which you are superior

    2. marriage was scarcely his dish
    3. a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food

    4. we gave them a set of dishes for a wedding present
    5. directional antenna consisting of a parabolic reflector for microwave or radio frequency radiation

    6. a particular item of prepared food

    7. she prepared a special dish for dinner
    8. a very attractive or seductive looking woman

    9. the quantity that a dish will hold

    10. they served me a dish of rice

    Definition of dish by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Dish ( dĭsh ), n. [AS. disc, L. discus dish, disc, quoit, fr. Gr. δίσκος quoit, fr. δικεῖν to throw. Cf. Dais, Desk, Disc, Discus.]
      1. A vessel, as a platter, a plate, a bowl, used for serving up food at the table.

      She brought forth butter in a lordly dish. Judg. v. 25.

      2. The food served in a dish; hence, any particular kind of food, especially prepared food; as, “a cold dish; a warm dish; a delicious dish. “A dish fit for the gods.”” Shak.

      Home-home dishes that drive one from home. Hood.

      3. The state of being concave, or like a dish, or the degree of such concavity; as, “the dish of a wheel”.

      4. A hollow place, as in a field. Ogilvie.

      5. ( Mining ) A trough about 28 inches long, 4 deep, and 6 wide, in which ore is measured. That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to the land owner or proprietor.

      6. anything with a discoid and concave shape, like that of a dish.

      7. an electronic device with a concave reflecting surface which focuses reflected radio waves to or from a point, used as a receiving or transmitting antenna; also called dish antenna. The dish is often shaped as a paraboloid so as to achieve a high sensitivity and enable reception of weak signals when used as a receiving antenna, or to focus transmitted signals into a narrow beam when used as a transmitting antenna.

      Syn. -- dish aerial, dish antenna, saucer.
      8. a very attractive woman or young lady, especaially one sexually attractive; -- sometimes considered offensive and sexist; as, “the departmental secretary is quite a dish”. [slang]

      Syn. -- smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, sweetheart, peach, lulu, looker, mantrap, dish.
      9. a favorite activity, or an activity at which one excels. [slang]

      Syn. -- cup of tea, bag.
      10. the quantity that a dish will hold, or a dish filled with some material.

      Syn. -- dishful.
      satellite dish a dish antenna used to receive signals from or to transmit signals to a satellite which transmits or receives radio signals. In most common usage, it refers to small dish antennas used to receive television programs broadcast from geostationary satellites.

    2. Dish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dishing.]
      1. To put in a dish, ready for the table.

      2. To make concave, or depress in the middle, like a dish; as, “to dish a wheel by inclining the spokes”.

      3. To frustrate; to beat; to ruin. [Low]

      4. to talk about ( a person ) in a disparaging manner; to gossip about ( a person ); as, “the secretaries spent their break time dishing the newest employee”. [slang]

      To dish out.
      1. To serve out of a dish; to distribute in portions at table.
      2. ( Arch. ) To hollow out, as a gutter in stone or wood.
      2. to dispense freely; -- also used figuratively; as, “to dish out punishment; to dish out abuse or insult”. -- To dish up, to take ( food ) from the oven, pots, etc., and put in dishes to be served at table.