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Attested in English since the late 1930s, from Yiddish קישקע(kishke), from SlavicPolish 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(kústis, bladder).



kishke (plural kishkes)

  1. A dish made from stuffed intestine.
  2. (informal, often in the plural) Intestines, guts.
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint:
      Subsequently she was over the toilet all night throwing up. ‘My kishkas came out from that thing! Some practical joker!’
    Oy a broch! I was so worried! I knew something was wrong. In my kishkes, I could feel it!



  • kishke” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.
  • kishke”, in Unabridged:, LLC, 1995–.
  • kishke”, in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.
  • “kishke” in the The New Oxford American Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • “kishka” and “kishke” in Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall (1985), Dictionary of American Regional English, p 228, Harvard University Press, ISBN 067420519
  • Rudnycʼkyj, Jaroslav B. (1962–1982), “кишка”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Ukrainian Language (in Ukrainian)

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