- 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.
- to fasten with or as if with a skewer.
Origin of skewer
Examples from the Web for skewered
As with most things, the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous skewered the absurdity years before its current ubiquity.The New Right-Wing Idol: Working Moms
July 16, 2014
He skewered the Bush administration for failing to build adequate power plants in the first year after the fall of the regime.My Friend and Mentor, Christopher Hitchens
December 16, 2013
As for Joe Kaufman, the FrontPage writer who attacked Aboushi, he was skewered last year for his Islamophobia on the Daily Show.Commentary Mag Defends Bigoted Smears Against Palestinian NFL Player
July 17, 2013
The producers of Downton Abbey, meanwhile, are only too pleased to see the show get skewered.6 Best Spoof Videos of the Emmy Nominated Period Drama ‘Downton Abbey’
August 22, 2012
How can you do that if you know you will be personally judged, skewered, betrayed?Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle
August 15, 2012
If M. le Marquis should offer himself to be skewered, as he no doubt will.Scaramouche
Soames skewered the document on to a number of other papers and hung up his hat.The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
I have been skewered, and you've been nursing me, my pretty maid.Katerfelto
G. J. Whyte-Melville
Freddy sliced off a throat-plugging lump of beef and skewered it on his fork.Makers
Barely had it done so when it was skewered to the boards by the fork of Captain Tollward.Cupid in Africa
P. C. Wren
- 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 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."
1701, from the noun. Related: Skewered; skewering.