skew·​er | \ˈskyü-ər, ˈskyu̇r\

Definition of skewer 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pin of wood or metal for fastening meat to keep it in form while roasting or to hold small pieces of meat or vegetables for broiling

2 : any of various things shaped or used like a meat skewer


skewered; skewering; skewers

Definition of skewer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to fasten or pierce with or as if with a skewer

2 : to criticize or ridicule sharply and effectively

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Examples of skewer in a Sentence


let's skewer our marshmallows on these sticks and start toasting the satirical comic strip gleefully skewers many of society's sacred cows

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was held in place by a skewer that extended down the middle of the axle and could be screwed down on one side, clamped down with a lever on the other. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 His skull was pierced from front-to-back with half a foot of skewer still sticking out of his face. Fox News, "'Miraculous': Boy survives after meat skewer pierces skull," 12 Sep. 2018 Next, head downstairs to Mario’s for Greek salad, skewers of shrimp, and tzatziki made with black garlic. Laura Itzkowitz, GQ, "Skip Santorini and Head to These Lesser-Known Greek Islands Instead," 14 June 2018 This is a quintessential street snack; skewers of vegetables and meat are plunged into a pot of spicy oil and ready to be devoured on the go. Christina Liao, Vogue, "All the Szechuan Food You Should Try in Chengdu, China," 5 June 2018 There, experts insert six skewers of food: cheeseburger sliders crowned by pickled eggs; four smoked chicken wings; alternating chunks of sausage and cheese. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "Waiter, There’s a Bloody Mary in My Chicken Dinner," 8 July 2018 If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before using. Kristina Kurek, Country Living, "Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette," 13 June 2018 Cover and cook skewers for about 5 minutes per side, until seafood is cooked through and veggies have softened. Lisa Lillien,, "Slash Your Sugar Intake with Hungry Girl's Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe," 11 June 2018 Each order comes with three fat slices of fried eggplant speared on a skewer. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Interstate 4 drivers have reported construction-zone incidents in which their cars were skewered by projectiles, bombarded with concrete, doused in oil, submerged in floodwater, broken by potholes and whacked with light poles. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 For that audience, SNL used its Kavanaugh cold open to once again skewer someone in the news with its typical brand of over-obvious precision. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "So it’s come to this: a defense of SNL’s over-obvious sendup of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 But those left behind were quick to skewer their boss by whispering to reporters, a problem that had plagued Trump from the beginning. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 Powell has made a name for himself by weaponizing his all-American frat-boy appeal in order to deftly skewer some of cinema’s most obnoxious bro tropes. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Set It Up’s Glen Powell Invites You to “Netflix and Chill” with His New Rom-Com," 14 June 2018 The summer, apparently, is going to be spent skewering the signings of older European talent. Avi Creditor,, "Wayne Rooney Could Help D.C. United, Just Don't Expect a Long-Term Return," 10 May 2018 Now add a garlic clove, wrap anchovy over clove and skewer anchovy one last time to secure. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday that the upcoming fourth season of the reality-TV-skewering series will air first on Hulu rather than its original home, Lifetime. Kate Stanhope,, "Constance Zimmer weighs in on 'UnReal's' potential final season and move to Hulu," 22 May 2018 The show is no distillation of Colbert's Trump-skewering monologues. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Stephen Colbert's Trump satire 'Our Cartoon President' lacks bite," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of skewer


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skewer


Middle English skeuier

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English Language Learners Definition of skewer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long pointed piece of metal or wood that is pushed through pieces of food to keep them together or hold them in place for cooking



English Language Learners Definition of skewer (Entry 2 of 2)

: to push a skewer through (food)

: to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

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