Hew a path through the underbrush.
Hew an oak.
Hew to the line.
One of the most widely used typefaces in the world was hewn by the English printer and typographer John Baskerville.
To hew out a sepulchre.
When a tree falls down on your property and you cut and shape it until it becomes a little bench to sit on, this is an example of a time when you hew.
When a romance writer sticks rigidly to the formula of boy-meets-girl, then gets-girl, then loses girl, this is an example of a time when the author hews to traditional literary ideals.
Origin of hew
- Middle English hewen from Old English hēawan kau- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 Hugh.