verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
Origin of hew
Synonyms for hew
Examples from the Web for hew
Contemporary Examples of hew
That may make them more likely to, collectively, hew to a more moderate path when giving odds on the election.Intrade: An Ohio Story
November 5, 2012
After Jobs left, Scully says, the company tried to hew to his design philosophy.7 Best Reads on Steve Jobs's Life
October 6, 2011
Behind all the finger-wagging is the idea that movies about history need to hew to facts.Heil, Tarantino!
August 20, 2009
Historical Examples of hew
"I intend to hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may," the statement said.Spring Street
James H. Richardson
We will mark a straight line on the log and hew to that line.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
I guess I can wait till they've begun to hew out their underpinnin'.Country Neighbors
The astounded brothers were dragged away to hack and hew and carry.Peter and Wendy
James Matthew Barrie
They draw their long scalping-knives, and hew off broad steaks.The Scalp Hunters
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)
Word Origin for hew
abbreviation for (in the US)
Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").
Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.