verb (used with object)
Origin of skewer
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of skew
Examples from the Web for skewer
Contemporary Examples of skewer
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
Without context, subtlety, and commentary, a parody begins to look eerily like the scenario it is attempting to skewer.Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny
June 3, 2014
To find out why Judge & Co. decided to skewer Silicon Valley, and how they went about doing it, we recently gave them a call.Mike Judge’s Genius Satire ‘Silicon Valley’ Skewers Tech Titans
April 3, 2014
Is it because the biracial comedians seamlessly slip into the characters and skewer racial stereotypes?Are Key and Peele Biracial Geniuses or Are They Just Really Funny?
December 2, 2013
We use this guy as a foil to skewer Hollywood actors and pop culture.James Van Der Beek on Katie Holmes and the Secrets of ‘Dawson’s Creek’
April 10, 2012
Historical Examples of skewer
This she repeated until her skewer would bear no more weight.Her Father's Daughter
Skewer the livers and gizzards to the sides, under the wings.
When you put it away after dinner, skewer on again the skin.
Lift them out with a skewer, and drop them into hot fat (see French Frying).The Skilful Cook
Does it mean that when you are a representative you will not scruple to skewer M. le Marquis?Scaramouche
Word Origin for skewer
- composed of or being elements that are neither parallel nor intersecting as, for example, two lines not lying in the same plane in a three-dimensional space
- (of a curve) not lying in a plane
Word Origin for skew
1670s, variant of dialectal skiver (1660s), perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse skifa "a cut, slice" (of bread, etc.), Swedish skifer "a slate," which are related to shiver (n.1) "small piece."
1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.
late 15c., "to turn aside" (intransitive), from Old North French eskiuer "shy away from, avoid," Old French eschiver (see eschew). Transitive sense of "turn (something) aside" is from 1570s. Meaning "depict unfairly" first recorded 1872, on notion of being "give oblique direction to," hence "to distort, to make slant." Statistical sense dates from 1929. Related: Skewed; skewing. The adjectival meaning "slanting, turned to one side" is recorded from c.1600, from the verb; noun meaning "slant, deviation" first attested 1680s.