An example of a screw is the pointy piece of metal you use to attach shelves to a wall.
An example of screw is when you swindle money by pretending to be someone you are not.
- A tapered and pointed wood screw.
- A cylindrical and flat-tipped machine screw.
To screw one's face up.
A lid that screws on.
Have a good screw.
An example of screw is when you put a cap back on a bottle of soda.
- To behave in an eccentric or mentally deranged manner.
- To be eccentric, odd, etc.
- To subject to force; exert pressure on, as in exacting payment; coerce.
- To waste time.
- To make a mess (of), as by ineptness; bungle.
Origin of screw
- Middle English skrewe from Old French escrove female screw, nut perhaps from Medieval Latin scrōfa from Latin sow sker-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English screw, scrue (“screw"); apparently, despite the difference in meaning, from Old French escroue (“nut, cylindrical socket, screwhole"), of uncertain origin. There is also the Old French escruve (“screw"), from Old Dutch *scrÅ«va ("screw"; whence Middle Dutch schruyve (“screw")), which probably influenced or conflated with the aforementioned resulting in the Middle English word.