- dish1 S3 [dıʃ] n[: Old English; Origin: disc, from Latin discus 'disk, plate']1.) a flat container with low sides, for serving food from or cooking food in→↑bowl▪ a serving dish▪ an ovenproof dishdish of▪ a large dish of spaghetti2.) the dishesall the plates, cups, bowls etc that have been used to eat a meal and need to be washeddo/wash the dishes▪ I'll just do the dishes before we go.3.) food cooked or prepared in a particular way as a meal▪ a wonderful pasta dish▪ The menu includes a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.▪ This soup is substantial enough to serve as a main dish (=the biggest part of a meal) .4.) something that is shaped like a dish▪ a soap dish5.) informal old-fashioned someone who is sexually attractivedish 2dish2 v[I and T] informalto give a lot of information about something or someone, especially something that would usually be secret or privatedish on▪ She's ready to dish on boys, beauty, and break-ups in her new column.dish the dirt(=tell people shocking things about someone's private life)dish out [dish sth<=>out] phr v1.) to give something to various people in a careless way▪ We'll probably dish out some leaflets there too.▪ Paul still tends to dish out unwanted advice.2.) to serve food to people▪ Sam's dishing out sandwiches if you want one.3.) sb can dish it out but they can't take itused to say that someone often criticizes other people, but does not like being criticizeddish up [dish sth<=>up] phr vto put food for a meal into dishes, ready to be eaten▪ Could you dish up the vegetables?
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.