Origin of kishkeeastern; English Yiddish, shortened ; from gefilte kishke, literally , stuffed intestine ; from Russian kishka or Polish kiszka, intestine
- Beef or chicken intestine that is stuffed with a seasoned mixture of matzo meal or flour, onion, and suet and is prepared by boiling and roasting. Also called derma, stuffed derma.
- also kishkes Informal The abdomen or guts: The ball hit me in the kishkes.
Origin of kishkeYiddish, from Russian kishka, intestine; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
- A dish made from stuffed intestine.
- (informal, often in the plural) Intestines, guts.
- Oy a broch! I was so worried! I knew something was wrong. In my kishkes, I could feel it!
Attested in English since the late 1930s, from Yiddish קישקע (kishke), from Slavic—Polish 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 (kustis, “bladder”).