Hew Definition

hewed, hewing, hewn, hews
hewed, hewing, hewn, hews
To make cutting or chopping blows with an ax, knife, etc.
Webster's New World
To make or shape by or as by cutting or chopping with an ax, etc.
Webster's New World
To chop or cut with an ax, knife, etc.; hack; gash.
Webster's New World
To chop (a tree) with an ax so as to cause it to fall.
Webster's New World
To strike or cut; cleave.
American Heritage
(Department of) Health, Education, and Welfare (1953-79)
Webster's New World
Destruction by cutting down.

A patronymic surname​.


Origin of Hew

  • From Middle English hewen, from Old English hēawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂u- (“to strike, hew, forge”). Cognate with Scots hew, hewe, West Frisian houwe, Dutch houwen, German hauen, Swedish hugga, Icelandic höggva; and with Latin cūdō (“strike, beat, pound, forge”), Lithuanian káuti (“to beat, forge”), Albanian hu (“a club, pole”). See also hoe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English hewen from Old English hēawan kau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hugh.

    From Wiktionary

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