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See synonyms for: skewerskeweredskewering on

  1. a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.

  2. any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.

verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten with or as if with a skewer.

Origin of skewer

First recorded in 1670–80; earlier skiver< ?

Other words from skewer

  • un·skew·ered, adjective

Words that may be confused with skewer

Words Nearby skewer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use skewer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for skewer


/ (ˈskjʊə) /

  1. a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc

  2. a similar pin having some other function

  1. chess a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture

  1. (tr) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer

Origin of skewer

C17: probably from dialect skiver

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