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skewer

[ skyoo-er ]
/ ˈskyu ər /
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noun

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.

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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

skew, skewer
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British Dictionary definitions for skewer

skewer
/ (ˈskjʊə) /

noun

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

verb

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

Word Origin for skewer

C17: probably from dialect skiver
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