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

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 Evenly place skewer pieces between both cardboard circles. Lauren Hedrick, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2022 Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom, then run a long wooden skewer or knife through the batter to get the bubbles out. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2022 He was described as a conservative satirist unafraid to skewer Democrats and Republicans alike., 18 Feb. 2022 Reitman had now taken the snarky, nattering American rebel and given him an entire movie to skewer. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 14 Feb. 2022 Place a few squares of lettuce and a pickle slice on top of each and run a skewer through it. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 The latest line-up of tenants also includes a wine bar, a Latin American skewer shop, a Cuban sandwich place, an empanada restaurant and a delicatessen. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Feb. 2022 Bake until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Katie Workman, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the corn bread is starting to brown and a skewer inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Sheryl Julian,, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After more than a decade hovering near the back burner of voter concerns in California, fear over crime has risen to the fore as Republicans seize on the issue to skewer Democrats from the state Capitol to the White House. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 What is left to satirically skewer when facts are derided as opinion, flat Earthers attend annual conferences and conspiracy theory movements like QAnon have become powerful political forces? New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 This isn’t incisive stuff, but McKay, who wrote the screenplay based on a story idea by journalist David Sirota, just doesn’t care enough about popular culture or social media to effectively skewer it. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Lewis Black is known as the king of the rant, and for his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Mary Lou Cruz,, 3 Dec. 2021 But also anyone who tuned in to watch Molly Shannon skewer her as an airhead on the SNL cold-open. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 Countless podcasts skewer bad movies, but none of them comes close to matching the humor and charm of this brilliant long-running series. Matthew Chernov, Variety, 18 Oct. 2021 Trump is now using the bully pulpit to skewer the Biden team using inflation, the economy, and the price of gasoline as highlights for his irritation agenda. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 In easing off the crisis, McConnell insulated his Republicans from further blame, but infuriated Trump and his allies, who are eager to skewer the Kentucky senator for giving in. Lisa Mascaro,, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Skewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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