skew·​er | \ ˈskyü-ər How to pronounce skewer (audio) , 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

The skewer had completely missed Xavier's eye, brain, spinal cord and major blood vessels, The Kansas City Star reports. Fox News, "'Miraculous': Boy survives after meat skewer pierces skull," 12 Sep. 2018 Garlic Mushroom Kabobs These meat-like skewers are delicious barbecue alternative for vegetarians and vegans. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean, Prep, and Cook Mushrooms Perfectly," 22 Feb. 2019 Telescoping roasting sticks: Keep the kids entertained with telescoping, rotating skewer sticks ($17.95 for a set of 6) that work great for marshmallows and hot dogs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Short ribs, scallops, beef tongue and tofu also get the skewer treatment. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Stir, in Philadelphia Museum of Art, Prepares for October Opening," 10 July 2018 Portabella mushrooms, cauliflower steaks and veggie skewers are all good options, as are veggie burgers like this black bean quinoa burger recipe. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 Try this glaze on shrimp, whole fish, chicken breasts, slab bacon, or beef skewers. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple-Turmeric Glaze," 28 May 2018 Divide the mixture evenly between the tins and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Margaux Laskey, The Seattle Times, "Wrap up one of these sweet cookbooks for the home bakers in your life," 11 Dec. 2018 Alternately thread seafood and veggies onto 4 skewers. 4. Lisa Lillien,, "Slash Your Sugar Intake with Hungry Girl's Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maniscaclo's observational comedy skewers the ridiculous moments of modern life. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Sebastian Maniscalco Prepares for Five-Show Run at Radio City Music Hall," 18 Apr. 2018 Sears released a video skewering Sacramento this week ahead of five performances beginning Thursday night at Punch Line Comedy Club. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Comedian roasts Sacramento in video. Here’s where he’s performing in the city | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Apr. 2018 Given the choice between eating skewered squirrel, à la Katniss Everdeen, and drinking green vegetable juice, the decision to go with a liquid lunch (and breakfast and dinner) would seem an obvious one. Christine Lennon, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hunger Games," 11 June 2012 Slide a skewer lengthwise through the middle of the kebab, repeating until all the kebabs have been skewered. Louisa Chu,, "Change Memorial Day grilling lineup with charred greens, savory kebabs," 21 May 2018 Right this moment, somewhere in the world a parent is being skewered by the existential questions of a 3-year-old. Sophie Blackall, New York Times, "How Do You Talk to Children About Death? These Books Can Help," 27 Apr. 2018 Scientology Network will make TV debut Monday, the church says After years of being skewered by programs like Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, the controversial church with a celebrity following is taking to TV to tell its own truth. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Monday," 12 Mar. 2018 The 22-minute special offers excellent advice on how to capture the perfect Instagram moment while also skewering users’ worst tendencies. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Aggretsuko’s holiday special nails the ups and downs of the perfect Instagram photo," 24 Dec. 2018 Her jokes often riffed on that identity, skewering her mother's disappointment over her lack of a husband not unlike Midge does. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 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)
chiefly US, informal : to criticize (someone or something) very harshly

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