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 But for kids, no hot dog is tastier than one poked onto the end of a clean stick or wire skewer and roasted over a fire. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 10 May 2021 Cook until a skewer inserted into the cauliflower meets no resistance, about 10 minutes. Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Make a small bundle of vegetables (like carrots or asparagus) for the grill, or wrap the bands multiple times around skewer ends to prevent softer items, like tomatoes, from slipping off, and to give you more traction when rotating with tongs. Catherine Russell, Bon Appétit, 19 May 2021 Pierce top of cake several times with a wooden skewer. Lyda Jones Burnette, Country Living, 6 May 2021 Cover with a lid and steam for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer., 4 May 2021 Use the skewer to swirl the cocktail before sipping. Amanda Schuster, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 Further, give your softened, still-whole and rolled citrus baby a few good squeezes—this is where small, eager kids may come handy—and get a bamboo skewer. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, 30 Apr. 2021 Use your finger or a wooden skewer to test how wet the soil is before watering. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Right-wing media personalities and outlets have used the new — though limited — information that has come to light to take a victory lap and skewer mainstream journalists for their previous coverage. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 27 May 2021 By adopting this type of ironic, detached voice to skewer social media tropes, zoomers are more able to achieve the unachievable on Instagram: to get one step closer to showing their true selves. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 After expressing the twist over the drink, curl it up with an olive and skewer them both on a pick. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Countless women have nodded in recognition as the actors hilariously skewer a culture that renders women invisible and un-beddable around middle age. Heidi Stevens,, 18 May 2021 But Maher is still fairly lonely in his willingness to skewer sacred cows. oregonlive, 28 Apr. 2021 Twitter was quick to join Raymond James Stadium to skewer the legendary wrestler. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The line, and the face that Fineman makes after delivering it, do little to skewer Gaetz. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 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, 26 Mar. 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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The first known use of skewer was in the 15th century

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4 Jun 2021

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“Skewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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