Origin of hewn
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 hewn
Contemporary Examples of hewn
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down.Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of hewn
The frame is of hewn timber, generally nine by fourteen inches.
The furniture consisted of roughly hewn benches and a table.Old Rail Fence Corners
The inclosure was protected by a rough fence, hewn out of logs.The Kentucky Ranger
Edward T. Curnick
As for the maiden, they built her tomb of hewn stone in the place where she was slain.Stories From Livy
The buildings are of hewn stone, and of the most substantial description.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
verb hews, hewing, hewed, hewed or hewn (hjuːn)
Word Origin for hew
abbreviation for (in the US)
strong past participle of 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.