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

Verb 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 Democrats loved watching Orange County Rep. Katie Porter skewer Trump administration appointees and corporate executives in congressional hearings. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, "Democrats loved Katie Porter when she bashed Trump. Now she is making them squirm," 16 Mar. 2021 Snip a little more off end of bag and pipe icing to fill in rectangle, spreading with skewer as necessary. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Giant Sugar Cookie Bouquet," 12 Mar. 2021 Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (165 degrees on a meat thermometer) and the potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer. Jill Gibson,, "Recipe: A Provencal chicken stew with artichokes, potatoes, and olives lets you feel far away without traveling," 2 Mar. 2021 Load a skewer with marshmallows and head over to your gas stove to start roasting. Southern Living, "Ree Drummond's Chocolate-Covered S'mores Are the Ultimate No-Fuss Movie Night Treat," 26 Feb. 2021 Transfer to the oven and bake until a skewer or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Mimi Thorisson’s exhilarating ‘Old World Italian’ cookbook celebrates recipes and secrets from family travels in Italy," 19 Feb. 2021 Briefly swirl paint with a skewer to create a marble pattern. Mallory Abreu, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Gallery of Marble Painted Plates for Under $40," 3 Mar. 2021 Cover, reduce to low, and cook until a skewer inserted into the chicken meets no resistance, about 20 minutes. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 Place on the baking sheet, and roast for 50 minutes, turning over halfway through cooking, or until very soft when pierced with a skewer. Jill Gibson,, "Recipe: The classic Turkish trio of lamb, eggplant, and tomatoes comes together in the Ottoman dish Sultan’s Delight," 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The line, and the face that Fineman makes after delivering it, do little to skewer Gaetz. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "SNL Showcases Daniel Kaluuya’s Comedic Genius," 4 Apr. 2021 In 2014, Joe Holley, former editor of the Texas Observer, wrote about having allowed McMurtry a platform to skewer Texas writers. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Texas literary giant Larry McMurtry dies at 84," 26 Mar. 2021 His site, The Nib, runs cartoons from him and other contributors that regularly skewer right-wing movements and conservatives with political commentary steeped in irony. New York Times, "For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony," 19 Mar. 2021 The series has since expanded to skewer different pop culture topics. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, "Topps’ Racist BTS Garbage Pail Kids Sticker Would Have Been A Terrible Idea At Any Time," 17 Mar. 2021 Unsurprisingly, this is the exact argument Republicans have been using to try to skewer the American Rescue Plan — and have long used against guaranteed income even as more cities, from Gary, Ind., to Compton, have launched pilot programs. Los Angeles Times, "Column: What will Biden’s $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief plan do for Americans? Ask Stockton," 14 Mar. 2021 On the call, Clyburn also stressed the importance of bipartisanship and rebuffed critics who skewer attempts to reach across the aisle. al, "Jim Clyburn says George W. Bush called him ‘savior’ for helping Biden get elected," 21 Jan. 2021 The Seth Green creation uses toys and other items from pop culture to skewer our obsession with it in creative, surreal ways. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 50 Best TV Shows on HBO Max," 13 Jan. 2021 Just as Lillith is about to skewer herself, Zelda shows up to tell her about the Resurrected haunting Greendale and that Lazarus is in town. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Recap: Dreams (and Nightmares) From My Father," 1 Jan. 2021

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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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5 Apr 2021

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“Skewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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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