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or roughhew

[ruhf-hyoo] /ˈrʌfˈhyu/
verb (used with object), rough-hewed, rough-hewed or rough-hewn, rough-hewing.
to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
to shape roughly; give crude form to.
Origin of rough-hew
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A man of the people, rough-hewn, narrow as a labor-leader may well be, earnest and sincere.

    Theft Jack London
  • A rough-hewn resemblance is first brought about by a process of mutation.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • Hence is entered the cell of the saint, of rough-hewn stones.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • A hut of rough-hewn boards, painted red, Stands at the left.

  • At the head of the Judges' table sits an old Judge—a tall and massively built man, with a broad, rough-hewn visage.

  • Tsing Hi, within the rough-hewn walls of the lock-up, was sad and silent.

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • On these, again, he laid and lashed still other poles, rough-hewn.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Madeline caught a glimpse of a rude fireplace and rough-hewn logs.

British Dictionary definitions for rough-hewn


verb (transitive) -hews, -hewing, -hewed, -hewed, -hewn
to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
Also roughcast. to shape roughly or crudely
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rough-hewn

1520s, originally of timber, from rough-hew (v.); see rough (adj.) + hew (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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