Word Origin & History
O.E. disc "plate, bowl, platter," borrowed c.700 from L. discus "dish, platter, quoit," from Gk. diskos "disk, platter." O.H.G. borrowed the word as tisc "plate," but Ger. tisch now means "table," in common with other later Romanic forms (cf. It. desco, Fr. dais). Meaning "variety of food served" is
first recorded c.1450. Verb meaning "to disparage, denigrate" first recorded 1940s; probably from the same notion in fig. dish it out (1934). Dish-cloth (1828) relegated earlier dish-clout (1520s) to dialect. Dish-washer is 1520s, of persons, 1867 of machines. Dish-water is attested from late 15c. Dishy "very attractive" is attested from 1961.