The pointed wooden stick you use to hold cubes of meat or vegetables together while they're cooking is called a skewer. You can also use a very long skewer to toast marshmallows over a campfire.

As a verb, skewer means to push a skewer through food: "Would you skewer those shrimps, and toss them on the grill?" It's also an informal term meaning to criticize someone so harshly that it probably hurts them: "This opinion piece in the newspaper really skewers the President." Experts guess that skewer has a Scandinavian root, possibly the Old Norse skifa, "a cut or slice."

Definitions of skewer

n a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted

a skewer for holding meat over a fire
a small spit or skewer
a roasting spit that can be turned
Type of:
a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

v drive a skewer through

skewer the meat for the BBQ”
Type of:
pierce with a pin

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