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 Thread two onto each skewer, spacing the kebabs about an inch apart and pressing to secure them in place. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "A 25-minute turkey kebab recipe that delivers big flavors on busy nights," 7 Oct. 2019 Thread two onto each skewer, spacing the kebabs about an inch apart and pressing to secure them in place. Washington Post, "A 25-minute turkey kebab recipe that delivers big flavors on busy nights," 1 Oct. 2019 Remove chicken and thread 4 or 5 pieces onto each skewer. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "5 Recipes You Need To Make This Weekend Before Summer Ends," 20 Sep. 2019 No need to keep chicken thighs whole — cubing them and spearing them on skewers is a great and fun way to serve ’em up. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Go thigh high with 8 weeknight-friendly chicken dinners," 12 Sep. 2019 Put it on a stick A quick and easy way to reinvent simple foods is to thread them on wooden skewers. Madelyn Fernstrom, NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 healthy (and fun) back-to-school lunch hacks," 3 Sep. 2019 Musa opened his original Ciya (pronounced CHEE-ya) Kebab restaurant in 1987, serving the signature grilled meat skewers, lahmacun Turkish pizzas and pide flatbreads. Louisa Chu,, "5 things about chef Musa Dağdeviren you may not have learned on Netflix’s ‘Chef’s Table’," 20 Aug. 2019 Superballs mounted on bamboo skewers made the piano moan and groan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Carlsbad Music Festival brings diverse mix of unusual music," 4 Aug. 2019 If using bamboo skewers, soak 8 in a shallow dish in cold water. 2. Genevieve Ko, Twin Cities, "The tastiest way to use up all your herbs (and it’s not pesto)," 18 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In hindsight, the impermanence of the three deal makers’ strategies is easy to skewer. Ed Hammondbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: When deal genius fails: Hard lessons from 3G, Valeant and SoftBank," 4 Oct. 2019 Billie Eilish will be the musical guest, and Washington certainly has provided a lot of topical humor to skewer. Hal Boedeker,, "‘60 Minutes,’ ‘SNL,’ ‘Funniest Videos’ extend long runs," 27 Sep. 2019 One can scarcely log onto Twitter or Facebook without seeing a clip of John Oliver or the cast of Saturday Night Live attempt to skewer the latest in political absurdities. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Last Laugh: ‘MAD’ Magazine Will Soon Disappear from Newsstands," 9 July 2019 Episode by episode, On Becoming a God has been skewering the concept of the American dream, observing it as a con the haves orchestrate to prey on the have-nots. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The Tragicomedy of the American Dream," 16 Sep. 2019 And the tunes, by Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, venture into diverse pastures, playing on and sometimes skewering familiar styles. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: ‘Ride the Cyclone’ is loopy, thoughtful, thoroughly enjoyable," 15 Sep. 2019 Its £112bn hostile takeover launched in 1999 of Mannesmann, a German rival, was a gripping epic that went on for months—partly against the backdrop of the Savoy Grill, a posh London eatery where both sides mercilessly skewered each other. The Economist, "Vodafone’s search for the G-spot," 22 Aug. 2019 For subscribers: Joaquin Castro tweets names, employers of prominent San Antonio Trump donors Among those responding was Trump, who fired off a sarcastic tweet skewering both brothers. Bill Lambrecht,, "Julián Castro attacks Trump in new ad: 'You stoked the fires of racists.'," 13 Aug. 2019 Stands, including Miss Lily’s pop-up Jerk Shack, offered fried corn, skewered shrimp, and rum punch. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Union Los Angeles and Nordstrom Celebrate Their Collaboration With a Lower East Side Block Party," 11 July 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of skewer was in the 15th century

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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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