[ skyoo-er ]
/ ˈskyu ər /


a long pin of wood or metal for inserting through meat or other food to hold or bind it in cooking.
any similar pin for fastening or holding an item in place.

verb (used with object)

to fasten with or as if with a skewer.


Origin of skewer

First recorded in 1670–80; earlier skiver < ?
Related formsun·skew·ered, adjective
Can be confusedskew skewer

Definition for skewer (2 of 2)

Origin of skew

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English skewen to slip away, swerve < Middle Dutch schuwen to get out of the way, shun, derivative of schu (Dutch schuw) shy1; (adj.) derivative of the v. (probably influenced by askew); (noun) derivative of the v. and adj.
Related formsun·skewed, adjective
Can be confusedskew skewer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for skewer

British Dictionary definitions for skewer (1 of 2)


/ (ˈskjʊə) /


a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
a similar pin having some other function
chess a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture


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

Word Origin for skewer

C17: probably from dialect skiver

British Dictionary definitions for skewer (2 of 2)


/ (skjuː) /



an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant


Word Origin for skew

C14: from Old Norman French escuer to shun, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch schuwen to avoid
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Science definitions for skewer


[ skyōō ]

A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear
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