- hewers of wood and drawers of water,
- hex sign,
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
Examples from the Web for 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.
The walls are of hewn timber about six inches thick, and bullet-proof.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast|Samuel Adams Drake
It was built entirely of hewn stones, and was very straight.Celebrated Travels and Travellers|Jules Verne
It was about twenty feet high, twice as broad and seemed to be hewn out of solid rock.The Motor Boys in Mexico|Clarence Young
Together they have hewn the cliffs, which are like vast rock tombs with their Egyptian massiveness.In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
We went into camp and began to tear down the company quarters for they were built of hewn timber, which it was desirable to save.Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army|Augustus Meyers
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.