- 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
Related Words for skeweringprick, transfix, lance, spit, spear, nail, stick, pin, fasten, impale, skewer, fix, puncture, penetrate, spike, pierce, punch, perforate, skiver, transpierce
Examples from the Web for skewering
Contemporary Examples of skewering
Three days after that, the author of the original Rollins piece published a defense of his skewering of the sax icon.What’s With This Uncool Surge in Jazz Bashing?
November 2, 2014
It was a delicious, pointed response, skewering on the vapidity of asking such things, even if she didn't intend it to be.Whoever Wins What, Watch Out For Minnelli
March 2, 2014
Her sly, skewering banter and provocative cynicism were her defense in a male-dominated profession and also her selling point.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art
January 25, 2014
How did a man known for skewering the powerful end up this way?The Fall of India’s Conscience
November 25, 2013
Press watchdogs and Murdoch opponents alike may be hoping to witness a skewering on the stand.James Murdoch Grilled by Leveson Inquiry’s Lead Counsel Robert Jay
April 24, 2012
Historical Examples of skewering
There was no fingering of hilts or talk of skewering on either side.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
Susanne works intently at the heavy coils of her hair, and the gold pins she is skewering through it.Juggernaut
George Cary Eggleston
Mix thoroughly and fill the fish, sewing or skewering the opening together.Standard Paper-Bag Cookery
Emma Paddock Telford
Unless he is huge, leave him whole, skewering him flat, and laying him skin side up in the pan.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South
Martha McCulloch Williams
In the figure's hands was a heavy spear and the arm holding it swept aloft preparatory to skewering Tharn on its point.The Return of Tharn
Howard Carleton Browne
- 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
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.