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Attested in English since the late 1930s, from Yiddish קישקע ‎(kishke), from SlavicPolish kiszka, Russian кишка́ ‎(kišká), or Ukrainian ки́шка ‎(kýška). Ultimately from Proto-Slavic *kyša, *kyšьka ‎(intestine, stomach). Related to Sanskrit कोष्ठ ‎(koṣṭha, intestine) and possibly Ancient Greek κύστις ‎(kústis, bladder).



kishke ‎(plural kishkes)

  1. A dish made from stuffed intestine.
  2. (informal, often in the plural) Intestines, guts.
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint:
      Subsequently she was over the toilet all night throwing up. ‘My kishkas came out from that thing! Some practical joker!’
    Oy a broch! I was so worried! I knew something was wrong. In my kishkes, I could feel it!



  • kishke” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
  • kishke” in Unabridged, v1.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • kishke” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  • “kishke” in the The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • “kishka” and “kishke” in Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall (1985), Dictionary of American Regional English, p 228, Harvard University Press, ISBN 067420519
  • Rudnycʼkyj, Jaroslav B. (1962–1982), “кишка”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language (in Ukrainian)