or rough·hew


verb (used with object), rough-hewed, rough-hewed or rough-hewn, rough-hew·ing.

to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
to shape roughly; give crude form to.

Nearby words

  1. rough up,
  2. rough-and-ready,
  3. rough-and-tumble,
  4. rough-cut,
  5. rough-dry,
  6. rough-hewn,
  7. rough-house,
  8. rough-legged buzzard,
  9. rough-legged hawk,
  10. rough-sawn

Origin of rough-hew

First recorded in 1520–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rough-hewn

British Dictionary definitions for rough-hewn


verb -hews, -hewing, -hewed, -hewed or -hewn (tr)

to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
Also: roughcast to shape roughly or crudely
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Word Origin and History for rough-hewn



1520s, originally of timber, from rough-hew (v.); see rough (adj.) + hew (v.).

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