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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Synonyms for skewer

Synonyms: Verb

deride, gibe (or jibe), jeer, laugh (at), mock, ridicule, scout, shoot down

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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

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 Bring to a boil, add the potatoes, cover, and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer. Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Spanish tuna salad with tomatoes, eggs, olives, and onions will become your summer standby," 9 July 2018 Alternately thread lamb, tomatoes and onion wedges onto skewers. Atlanta Life, ajc, "7 Day Menu Planner," 30 Mar. 2018 Spoon sauce over chicken skewers or serve on the side. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl Shares Her Thai-Inspired Chicken and Creamy Peanut Sauce Recipe," 2 July 2018 But the menu at a takeaway restaurant selling skewers of meat was only in Russian. Fox News, "Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image," 20 June 2018 While stock is cooking, wrap shrimp with slices of prosciutto and thread onto toothpicks (see note above) or metal skewers. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Grilling season is here; prosciutto-wrapped shrimp are a perfect way to celebrate," 31 May 2018 Drizzle the dressing over the skewers or serve in small bowls for dipping. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Salad Kebabs," 21 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Women’s careers, clothes, bodies, and families were skewered. Allison Yarrow, Time, "How the ’90s Tricked Women Into Thinking They’d Gained Gender Equality," 13 June 2018 Many foods are skewered and then dipped in hot broth or oil to cook. Ann Maloney,, "The Melting Pot on St. Charles Avenue closes: report," 1 June 2018 The show craftily skewers the system that lured its contestants into debt, intermixing questions about Beyoncé and condoms with earnest facts about the moral blight of for-profit colleges. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Whether skewered, flattened, brined, spiced, or cooked on a beer can, there are lots (and lots) of ways to do it right. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "28 Grilled Chicken Recipes to Make This Summer," 3 May 2018 He was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and was no fan of it, often skewering it in his act. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Barry Crimmins, Comic and Warrior Against Sex Abuse, Dies at 64," 1 Mar. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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