hewn

[ hyoon or, often, yoon ]
/ hyun or, often, yun /
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adjective

felled and roughly shaped by hewing: hewn logs.
given a rough surface: hewn stone.

Nearby words

  1. hewer,
  2. hewers of wood and drawers of water,
  3. hewish,
  4. hewitt,
  5. hewlett,
  6. hex,
  7. hex sign,
  8. hex.,
  9. hexa-,
  10. hexabasic

Origin of hewn

1300–50; Middle English hewen, past participle of hew

Related formsun·hewn, adjectivewell-hewn, adjective

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.

Origin of hew

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

Related formshew·a·ble, adjectivehew·er, nounun·hew·a·ble, adjectiveun·hewed, adjective

Can be confusedhew hue Hugh

Synonym study

1. See cut.

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British Dictionary definitions for hewn

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 Formshewer, noun

Word Origin for hew

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

HEW

abbreviation for (in the US)

Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
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