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 Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Los Angeles Times, "Sweet potatoes make this the best from-scratch breakfast bread," 14 Feb. 2020 Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until the cake is light golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when inserted through the center. Nik Sharma,, "Brown Kitchen: Spiced Cranberry Cake With Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting," 13 Dec. 2019 Bake at 325 degrees until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Tricking your guests into eating vegetables with these recipes could be a treat for them," 21 Oct. 2019 Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean., "Most read on," 24 Sep. 2019 Little skewers of crisp-from-the-fire pork arrive on rings of honey, fired up with fish pepper. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite place to eat right now," 22 Jan. 2020 Thread pork, peaches, and red onion onto 8 skewers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork and Peach Kebabs with Grilled Green Beans," 19 July 2019 Our favorite low-carb dips, skewers, appetizers, and side dishes for the snackers among us. Sunset Magazine, "January Calls for Crunchy Salads and CBD Drinks," 3 Jan. 2020 The drawbacks hit hard and fast on the Chinese menu, starting with a pu pu platter littered with egg rolls, crab puffs, beef skewers, shrimp toast and chicken wings, garnished with pineapple and maraschino cherries like a hotel bar cocktail. Mike Sutter,, "Zero-star review: Formosa Garden losing its luster as one of San Antonio’s longtime Chinese restaurants," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On Refinery29, Anne Cohen takes a look back at films women loved that were skewered by (often male) reviewers with Writing Critics Wrongs. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Time’s Up Is Changing Hollywood’s Landscape, Starting With Red Carpets," 23 Jan. 2020 Sable solidly hit and dropped by a .470 Nitro Express have arisen to skewer the hunter. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "Best Calibers For Africa Plains Game," 13 Jan. 2020 In 2015, Australian wellness guru Belle Gibson was skewered by the press for claiming to cure multiple cancers with natural remedies. Flora Tsapovsky, Bon Appétit, "Many Wellness Brands Are Failing to Train the Influencers They Hire," 2 Oct. 2019 The book’s fawning prose was quickly skewered by influential politicians, journalists, and intellectuals., "Then in May, an old video surfaced showing the most senior government minister of the Freedom Party fantasizing about restricting press freedom and promising government contracts to a would-be investor close to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.," 29 Sep. 2019 Also taking flight at the weekend box office was Warner's The Goldfinch, which bombed after getting skewered by critics. Pamela Mcclintock, Billboard, "Box Office: 'Hustlers' Rustles Up $33M Debut; 'Goldfinch' Bombs With $2.6M," 15 Sep. 2019 Indeed, the group created another Christmas special skewering Christianity, The Last Hangover, which Netflix released in 2018. Tyler Aquilina,, "Netflix comedy special featuring gay Jesus draws controversy," 16 Dec. 2019 The Conservatives are hoping that Westminster’s kebab king may yet be skewered. The Economist, "Westminster’s kebab king makes a run for Parliament," 10 Dec. 2019 University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke defended the broad outlines of his proposal to create a city university system at a Friday town hall meeting where the idea was politely skewered by some faculty, alumni and community members. Liz Bowie,, "‘Shouldn’t there have been a discussion?’ Critics challenge Schmoke plan to create Baltimore university system," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Skewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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