hew

[ hyoo or, often, yoo ]
/ hyu or, often, yu /

verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.

to strike forcibly with an ax, sword, or other cutting instrument; chop; hack.
to make, shape, smooth, etc., with cutting blows: to hew a passage through the crowd; to hew a statue from marble.
to sever (a part) from a whole by means of cutting blows (usually followed by away, off, out, from, etc.): to hew branches from the tree.
to cut down; fell: to hew wood; trees hewed down by the storm.

verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.

to strike with cutting blows; cut: He hewed more vigorously each time.
to uphold, follow closely, or conform (usually followed by to): to hew to the tenets of one's political party.

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Origin of hew

First recorded before 900; Middle English hewen, Old English hēawan; cognate with German hauen, Old Norse hǫggva; akin to haggle

synonym study for hew

1. See cut.

OTHER WORDS FROM hew

hew·a·ble, adjectivehewer, nounun·hew·a·ble, adjectiveun·hewed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH hew

hew , hue

Definition for hew (2 of 2)

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British Dictionary definitions for hew (1 of 2)

hew
/ (hjuː) /

verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)

to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
(tr often foll by out) to shape or carve from a substance
(tr; often foll by away, down, from, off, etc) to sever from a larger or another portion
(intr often foll by to) US and Canadian to conform (to a code, principle, etc)

Derived forms of hew

hewer, noun

Word Origin for hew

Old English hēawan; related to Old Norse heggva, Old Saxon hāwa, Old High German houwan, Latin cūdere to beat

British Dictionary definitions for hew (2 of 2)

HEW

abbreviation for (in the US)

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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