AskDefine | Define skewer

Dictionary Definition

skewer n : a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted v : drive a skewer through; "skewer the meat for the BBQ" [syn: spit]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A long pin, normally of metal or wood, used to secure food during cooking.
  2. A scenario in which a piece attacks a more valuable piece which, if it moves aside, reveals a less valuable piece. Compare pin.W


pin used to secure food during cooking


  1. To impale on a skewer.
  2. To attack a piece which has a less valuable piece behind it.


Extensive Definition

For the chess tactics, see Skewer (chess). Or see skua.
A skewer is a thin metal or wood stick used to hold small pieces of food together while grilling.
Metal skewers are typically stainless steel and will have a pointed tip on one end and a grip of some kind on the other end for ease of removing the food. Metal skewers are recommended for reuse, whereas wooden skewers are not.
Wooden skewers must be soaked in water prior to assembling and cooking to avoid burning. Wooden skewers are most often made from bamboo, however other woods may be used.

Other uses

Small, often decorative, skewers of glass, metal, wood or bamboo known as 'olive picks' are often used for garnishes on cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.

In popular culture

The phrase "to be skewered" is used as slang for "to be stabbed". Underground rapper Sir Wilmac termed "skewer" to describe the act of fornicating.
skewer in Czech: Špíz
skewer in Spanish: Pincho (utensilio)
skewer in Esperanto: rostostango
skewer in Japanese: 串
skewer in Finnish: Vartaat

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