- to hew (timber, stone, etc.) roughly or without smoothing or finishing.
- to shape roughly; give crude form to.
Origin of rough-hew
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for roughhewn
It consisted of cabins of roughhewn logs surrounded by a stockade.Blue Ridge Country
In youth the land mass was roughhewn and cut deep by stream erosion.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
She reminded one of a roughhewn granite statue of old Egypt; and she was just as magnificently imposing.I, Thou, and the Other One
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
This arch was roughhewn on the flat surfaces and on about half of the outer curved surface, or extrados.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia
C. Malcolm Watkins
Their gestures were unstudiedly graceful, and their roughhewn faces were pleasant in expression.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop
- to cut or hew (timber, stone, etc) roughly without finishing the surface
- Also: roughcast to shape roughly or crudely