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verb (used with object), rough-hewed, rough-hewed or rough-hewn, rough-hew·ing.
  1. to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
  2. to shape roughly; give crude form to.
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Origin of rough-hew

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for roughhewn

Historical Examples

  • It consisted of cabins of roughhewn logs surrounded by a stockade.

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  • In youth the land mass was roughhewn and cut deep by stream erosion.

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  • She reminded one of a roughhewn granite statue of old Egypt; and she was just as magnificently imposing.

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  • This arch was roughhewn on the flat surfaces and on about half of the outer curved surface, or extrados.

  • Their gestures were unstudiedly graceful, and their roughhewn faces were pleasant in expression.

British Dictionary definitions for roughhewn


verb -hews, -hewing, -hewed, -hewed or -hewn (tr)
  1. to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
  2. Also: roughcast to shape roughly or crudely
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