verb (used with object)
- skew lines,
- skew symmetry,
Origin of skewer
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of skew
Examples from the Web for skewer
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
Without context, subtlety, and commentary, a parody begins to look eerily like the scenario it is attempting to skewer.
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|Andrew Romano|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Sujay Kumar|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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’|Ramin Setoodeh|April 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ou Ali said to his sister: "O my sister, my friend is ill; bring me a skewer."Moorish Literature|Anonymous
They split them down the back and skewer them flat, and then hang them up before the fire, flesh side to the fire.Young Alaskans in the Far North|Emerson Hough
Remove the skewer carefully, and serve with rmoulade, Tartare, or tomato sauce.The Century Cook Book|Mary Ronald
Is he again to be spitted upon the skewer of reminiscences of the Vallombrosan wood?Alas!|Rhoda Broughton
As soon as he entered the room, a servant brought in a meal; consisting of slices of meat on a skewer, and a pillau of chicken.At the Point of the Bayonet|G. A. Henty
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.