The word "screw" is used to describe the movement of turning something so that it fits into a hole of some kind.
You screw a light bulb into a lamp socket.
A screw is also a piece of hardware that is used for putting thing together. Screws are found on cars, in houses, in furniture, inside computers, and in many, many other places.
The word "screw" can be a noun or a verb:
There are some other meanings for the word "screw" that are commonly found in American slang:
Note: Be careful with the word "screw." If you use it the wrong way or in the wrong setting, it can be considered a vulgar choice of words.
If you need help pronouncing "scr," which is blended consonant sound, click here.
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This page was first published on August 14, 2012. It was updated on March 19, 2016.