verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
Origin of hew
Examples from the Web for hewed
Mostly, the night hewed to its mission: attending to burgeoning design houses.CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Honor the Next Big Designers|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And in the forefront, with a laugh upon his lips, hewed Quinton Edge.The Doomsman|Van Tassel Sutphen
But his gleaming dah still flashed into sight now and again as he hewed fiercely at the bridge.Jack Haydon's Quest|John Finnemore
Angle took his sword in both hands and hewed at Grettir's head.Grettir The Strong|Unknown
Lycurgus was blinded by Zeus and soon died, or became frantic and hewed down his own son, mistaking him for a vine.
Anticipation of the possibility of it hewed division between the young man's pride of being and his warmer feelings.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for hewed (1 of 2)
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)
Word Origin for hew
British Dictionary definitions for hewed (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in the US)
Word Origin and History for hewed
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.