an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, especially for holding or serving food.
any container used at table:
dirty dishes.
the food served or contained in a dish:
The meal consisted of several dishes.
a particular article, type, or preparation of food:
Rice is an inexpensive dish.
the quantity held by a dish; dishful:
a dish of applesauce.
anything like a dish in form or use.
concavity or the degree of concavity, as of a wheel.
Also called dish antenna. a concave, dish-shaped reflector serving to focus electromagnetic energy as part of a transmitter or receiver of radio, television, or microwave signals.
Slang. an attractive person, especially a female:
His wife is quite a dish.
Slang. an item of gossip.
verb (used with object)
to put into or serve in a dish, as food:
to dish food onto plates.
to fashion like a dish; make concave.
Slang. to gossip about:
They talked all night, dishing their former friends.
Slang. to defeat; frustrate; cheat.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to talk together informally, especially, to gossip.
Verb phrases
dish out, Informal.

to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
to deal out; distribute:
She dished out our pay in silver dollars.

dish it out, Informal. to dispense abusive language, punishment, or praise, enthusiastic approval, etc.:
When it comes to flattery, he can really dish it out.
a container used for holding or serving food, esp an open shallow container of pottery, glass, etc
the food that is served or contained in a dish
a particular article or preparation of food: a local fish dish
Also called dishful. the amount contained in a dish
something resembling a dish, esp in shape
a concavity or depression
short for dish aerial, satellite dish aerial
(informal) an attractive person
(informal) something that one particularly enjoys or excels in
verb (transitive)
to put into a dish
to make hollow or concave
(Brit, informal) to ruin or spoil: he dished his chances of getting the job


A particularly attractive woman: This was going to be my favorite dish/ I love this book and I think its 80-year-old author is a dish (1920s+)
A person or thing that one especially likes; what exactly meets one’s taste; one’s CUP OF TEA: Now, there is a book that is just my dish (1900+)
The home plate of the baseball diamond (1907+ Baseball)


Gossip; an item of gossip; to disparage; denigrate; dis: The President-elect played on the beach while his snobby neighbors dished/ We have no reason to do an anti-CBS film. There’s no dishin’ going on here (1940s+)
To cheat; thwart: I’m afraid that blackguard has dished us again (1798+)
To gossip; have an intimate chat; dish the dirt: She sat and dished with the girls/ Now I feel free to dish about First Hair (1920s+)
(also dish out) To give; purvey: He took everything we gave and dished it right back (1641+)
To pass the ball: A goateed Magic in butt-tight shorts twists, whirls and dishes through his career as maestro of five NBA championships (1970s+ Basketball)

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for eating from (2 Kings 21:13). Judas dipped his hand with a “sop” or piece of bread in the same dish with our Lord, thereby indicating friendly intimacy (Matt. 26:23). The “lordly dish” in Judg. 5:25 was probably the shallow drinking cup, usually of brass. In Judg. 6:38 the same Hebrew word is rendered “bowl.” The dishes of the tabernacle were made of pure gold (Ex. 25:29; 37:16).

dish out
dish the dirt


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