Stacks of dishes.
- The definition of a dish is a container used for holding and serving food.
An example of dish is a plate.
- Dish is defined as a particular kind of prepared food.
An example of a dish is tuna casserole.
- To dish is defined as to serve food.
An example of to dish is spooning rice onto someone's plate.
- any container, generally rounded, shallow, and concave and of porcelain, earthenware, glass, plastic, etc. for serving or holding food
- [pl.] plates, bowls, saucers, cups, etc., collectively
- the food in a dish
- a particular kind of food, or food prepared in a certain way: one's favorite dish
- a dishful
- a dish-shaped object
- the reflector of a dish antenna
- dish antenna
- a dishlike concavity, or the amount of this
- Informal a favorite thing; preference
- Slang a sexually attractive person, esp. a young woman
- Slang gossip, esp. when disparaging or malicious: often with the
Origin of dishMiddle English from Old English disc, dish, plate from Proto-Germanic an unverified form diskuz from Classical Latin discus: see discus
- to serve (food) in a dish: usually with up or out
- to shape (an object, surface, or hole) like a dish: make concave: usually with out
- Informal, Sports to pass (a ball or puck) to a teammate: often with off
- Slang to gossip about, esp. in a disparaging way
- Chiefly Brit., Slang to cheat, frustrate, ruin, etc.
- to be or become dish-shaped; cave in
- Slang to gossip, esp. disparagingly
dish it out
- a. An open, generally shallow concave container for holding, cooking, or serving food.b. dishes The containers and often the utensils used when eating: took out the dishes and silverware; washed the dishes.c. A shallow concave container used for purposes other than eating: an evaporating dish.
- The amount that a dish can hold.
- a. The food served or contained in a dish: a dish of ice cream.b. A particular variety or preparation of food: Sushi is a Japanese dish.
- a. A depression similar to that in a shallow concave container for food.b. The degree of concavity in such a depression.
- Electronics A dish antenna.
- Slang A good-looking person, especially an attractive woman.
- Informal Idle talk; gossip: “plenty of dish about her tattoos, her plastic surgeries, and her ever-younger inamorati” ( Louise Kennedy )
verbdished, dish·ing, dish·es
- To serve (food) in or as if in a dish: dished up the stew.
- To present: dished up an excellent entertainment.
- To hollow out; make concave.
- Informal To gossip about.
- Chiefly British Slang To ruin, foil, or defeat.
Origin of dishMiddle English from Old English disc from Latin discus ; see disk .
- A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
- The contents of such a vessel.
- a dish of stew
- A specific type of prepared food.
- a vegetable dish
- this dish is filling and easily made
- (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.
- a type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl, as in satellite dish, radar dish
- (slang) A sexually attractive person.
- The state of being concave, like a dish, or the degree of such concavity.
- the dish of a wheel
- A hollow place, as in a field.
- (mining) A trough in which ore is measured.
- (mining) That portion of the produce of a mine which is paid to the land owner or proprietor.
(third-person singular simple present dishes, present participle dishing, simple past and past participle dished)
- To put in a dish or dishes; serve, usually food.
- The restaurant dished up a delicious Italian brunch.
- (informal, slang) To gossip; to relay information about the personal situation of another.
- To make concave, or depress in the middle, like a dish.
- to dish a wheel by inclining the spokes
- (slang, archaic) To frustrate; to beat; to ruin.