Pronunciation: (dish),[key] —n. 1. an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, esp. for holding or serving food.
2. any container used at table: dirty dishes. 3. the food served or contained in a dish: The meal consisted of several dishes. 4. a particular article, type, or preparation of food: Rice is an inexpensive dish. 5. the quantity held by a dish; dishful: a dish of applesauce. 6. anything like a dish in form or use.
7. concavity or the degree of concavity, as of a wheel.
8. Also called dish' anten"na. a concave, dish-shaped reflector serving to focus electromagnetic energy as part of a transmitter or receiver of radio, television, or microwave signals.
9. Slang(sometimes offensive). an attractive girl or woman: The receptionist is quite a dish. 10. Slang.an item of gossip.
—v.t. 1. to put into or serve in a dish, as food: to dish food onto plates. 2. to fashion like a dish; make concave.
3. Slang.to gossip about: They talked all night, dishing their former friends. 4. Slang.to defeat; frustrate; cheat.
—v.i. 1. Slang.to talk together informally, esp., to gossip.
2. 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. 3. dish out,Informal. a. to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
b. to deal out; distribute: She dished out our pay in silver dollars.