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

First recorded in 1670–80; earlier skiver < ?
Related formsun·skew·ered, adjective
Can be confusedskew skewer
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  • If M. le Marquis should offer himself to be skewered, as he no doubt will.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Soames skewered the document on to a number of other papers and hung up his hat.

  • I have been skewered, and you've been nursing me, my pretty maid.


    G. J. Whyte-Melville

  • Freddy sliced off a throat-plugging lump of beef and skewered it on his fork.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Barely had it done so when it was skewered to the boards by the fork of Captain Tollward.

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    P. C. Wren

British Dictionary definitions for skewered


  1. a long pin for holding meat in position while being cooked, etc
  2. a similar pin having some other function
  3. chess a tactical manoeuvre in which an attacked man is made to move and expose another man to capture
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  1. (tr) to drive a skewer through or fasten with a skewer
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Word Origin

C17: probably from dialect skiver
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Word Origin and History for skewered



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."

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1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.

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