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
  1. noun
    a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted
    see moresee less
    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
  2. verb
    drive a skewer through
    skewer the meat for the BBQ”
    synonyms: spit
    see moresee less
    type of:
    pierce with a pin
Word Family