From Middle English dissh, disch, from Old English disċ (“plate; bowl; dish”), from Proto-Germanic *diskuz (“table; dish; bowl”), from Latin discus. Cognate with Scots disch (“dish; plate”), Dutch dis (“table”), German Low German Disk, Disch (“table”), German Tisch (“table”), Danish disk (“dish; counter”), Swedish disk (“dish; counter”), Icelandic diskur (“dish; plate”). Doublet of disk and desk.
dish (plural dishes)
- A vessel such as a plate for holding or serving food, often flat with a depressed region in the middle.
- Bible, Judges v. 25
- She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
- Bible, Judges v. 25
- The contents of such a vessel.
- a dish of stew
- (metonymically) A specific type of prepared food.
- a vegetable dish
- this dish is filling and easily made
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
- Let's carve him a dish fit for the gods
- (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.
- (telecommunications) A type of antenna with a similar shape to a plate or bowl.
- 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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Ogilvie to this entry?)
- (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.
- (slang) Gossip
- Tok Pisin: dis
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- (transitive) 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.
- (transitive) To make concave, or depress in the middle, like a dish.
- to dish a wheel by inclining the spokes
- (slang, archaic, transitive) To frustrate; to beat; to outwit or defeat.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for dish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)