verb (used with object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used without object), hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
- hevelius, johannes,
- hever castle,
- hevesy, georg von,
- hewers of wood and drawers of water,
Origin of hew
Examples from the Web for hews
Who is it hews his foe to mammocks; writes “Acquittal” on his tomb—and dies?Tales from Blackwood|Various
He builds the forest and hews it down, the power which raised the tree and that which wields the axe being one and the same.The Eagle's Nest|John Ruskin
It was at least something to have discovered that Will Hews was an Elizabethan name.Lord Arthur Savile's Crime|Oscar Wilde
The ordinary collier is paid by piecework—so much per ton for all the coal he hews.A Safety Match|Ian Hay
She swims to a stake, to which she clings, and John hews her in three, QQ.
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.