AskDefine | Define hew

Dictionary Definition



1 make or shape as with an axe; "hew out a path in the rock" [syn: hew out]
2 strike with an axe; cut down, strike; "hew an oak" [also: hewn]

User Contributed Dictionary



etyl ang heawan. Cognate with Dutch houwen, German hauen, Swedish hugga.


  • /hju:/
    Rhymes: -uː


  1. To chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down.
  2. To shape; to form.
  3. To complain about.
  4. transitive US To act according to, to conform to; usually construed with to.

Derived terms


to chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down
  • German: einhauen, bearbeiten, hauen
  • Hungarian: vág, vagdal
to complain about
  • German: beschweren, beklagen
to act according to

Extensive Definition

Hew is a masculine given name, and may refer to:

See also

A given name

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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