Part of speech: verb
Origin: Old English, unknown
Chop or cut (something, especially wood or coal) with an axe, pick, or other tool.
Make or shape (something) by cutting or chopping a material such as wood or stone.
Examples of Hew in a sentence
"Michael was expected to hew the lumber into firewood by that evening."
"Stone artists are skilled at hewing a marble slab into dramatic figures."
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While hew developed from the English word "hēawan," it finds its origins in German (houwen) and Dutch (hauen). Each of these words refers to the act of chopping, cutting, and shaping wood and other hard materials.
Did you Know?
Totem poles, traditional sculptures made by Indigeneous people of the northern United States and Canada, are used to denote territory and represent historical events. Totems are hewn from cedar trees, and take around six to nine months to complete.