verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
Origin of hew
Definition for hew (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for hew
That may make them more likely to, collectively, hew to a more moderate path when giving odds on the election.
After Jobs left, Scully says, the company tried to hew to his design philosophy.
Behind all the finger-wagging is the idea that movies about history need to hew to facts.
Some men marked where they were to hew but father had such a good eye that he could hew straight without a mark.Old Rail Fence Corners|Various
Once she had asked her small vicarious favour of Hew, she could write to Mrs. Kaye, and take the note to the rectory herself.Jane Oglander|Marie Belloc Lowndes
I got the woods correctly measured: I set men to hew, to sow, to plant; in a short time, all things were in progress.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To do this flumes had to be made, and axes were in request to hew them out.Gold, Gold, in Cariboo!|Clive Phillipps-Wolley
You ought to know how to hew a short cut to him, Truedale; you did some hacking through underbrush yourself.The Man Thou Gavest|Harriet T. Comstock
British Dictionary definitions for hew (1 of 2)
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)
Word Origin for hew
British Dictionary definitions for hew (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in the US)
Word Origin and History for hew
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.