transitive verbhewed, hewed or hewn, hew′ing
- to chop or cut with an ax, knife, etc.; hack; gash
- to make or shape by or as by cutting or chopping with an ax, etc.: often with out
- to chop (a tree) with an ax so as to cause it to fall: usually with down
Origin of hewMiddle English hewen from Old English heawan, akin to German hauen, Old High German houwan from Indo-European base an unverified form k?u-, an unverified form keu-, to hew, strike from source hay, Classical Latin caudex, codex (see code), cudere, to beat
- to make cutting or chopping blows with an ax, knife, etc.
- to conform or adhere (to a line, rule, principle, etc.)