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

Mostly Turkish or Kurdish-run, around 20,000 kebab shops are scattered across the U.K. in total—all easily identifiable, thanks to the trunk of meat that slowly revolves on a skewer in the window. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018 Secure top and bottom sections of large orange pumpkin along back and sides with wood skewers. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once meatballs are finished cooking and somewhat cool, start skewering them with the cucumbers, garnish with mint and smoked paprika. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Stuff the apple-kale mixture into the pockets in the pork chops, skewering with toothpicks as needed. Ellie Krieger, The Seattle Times, "Big, juicy pork chops — stuffed and sauced with a flurry of fall flavors," 24 Sep. 2018 Cohen skewered consumerism with a story inspired by the rise of junk food. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77," 25 Mar. 2019 News and Politics For years, Joe Biden’s handsiness has been documented in photographs, captured on video, criticized and skewered by comedians. Katie Halper, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores: Biden's Unwanted Touching Should be Part of #MeToo Conversations," 6 Apr. 2019 On February 12, 1963 — six decades after Teddy Roosevelt was skewered for dining with a black man — President Kennedy hosted a White House reception to honor the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Wil Haygood, Town & Country, "The Best (and Worst) White House Parties of All Time," 1 Jan. 2013 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

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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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