Meaning of “screw” in the English Dictionary

"screw" in English

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uk /skruː/ us /skruː/

screw noun (METAL OBJECT)

[ C ] a thin, pointed piece of metal with a raised edge twisting round along its length and a flat top with a cut in it, used to join things together, especially pieces of wood

screw noun (TURN)

[ C ] UK an act of twisting or turning done to fasten or tighten something:

Give it another screw to make sure the lid doesn't come off while we're travelling.

screw noun (HAVE SEX)

[ C ] UK offensive the act of sex, or a sexual partner:

I never feel like a screw when I wake up in the morning.
He's a really good screw.


uk /skruː/ us /skruː/

screw verb (METAL OBJECT)

[ T usually + adv/prep ] to fasten something using a screw:

Screw this piece of wood to the wall.
Screw these two pieces together.

[ T usually + adv/prep ] to fasten something using an object similar to a screw:

We'll have to screw a hook into the wall.
screw in/together

If something screws in/together, it fits or fastens together by being turned:

This light bulb screws in.
The steel rods screw together.

screw verb (HAVE SEX)

[ I or T ] offensive to have sex with someone:

They say he's screwing the boss's wife.

(Definition of “screw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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screwnoun [ C ]

us /skru/

screw noun [ C ] (METAL FASTENER)

a thin piece of metal, usually with a pointed end and a flat top shaped to hold a tool, that is forced into wood or metal by turning, and is used esp. to join two pieces or to hold something in place

screwverb [ T ]

us /skru/

screw verb [ T ] (CHEAT)

slang to cheat or deceive someone:

He really got screwed on that stock tip.

screw verb [ T ] (FASTEN)

to fasten objects with a screw:

The shelves were screwed to the wall.

To screw also means to attach to something by turning:

Screw the lid onto the jar.
[ M ] Just screw in that loose bulb.

(Definition of “screw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)