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
Related Words for hewedcleave, fashion, prune, chip, stroke, chop, strike, shape, fell, hack, carve, hold, axe
Examples from the Web for hewed
Contemporary Examples of hewed
Mostly, the night hewed to its mission: attending to burgeoning design houses.CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Honor the Next Big Designers
November 15, 2011
Historical Examples of hewed
But all that they hacked and hewed, picked and hollowed, was labor lost.
Our table was made of puncheons split with a wedge and hewed with a broadax.
Our floor was of maple split with wedges and hewed out with a broadax.
It was Hagen drew his sword and took the proud Brynild and hewed her asunder.Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
He thought he could locate the place where Samuel took Agag and hewed him to pieces.General Gordon
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.