What does the word hew mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To cut with blows, as of an ax; chop; work out laboriously.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Hewer.

Usage examples for hew

  1. But Meleagant does not wish to stop, and continues to strike and hew at him. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  2. Smith tried to stir up interest in another expedition, and travelled about England in 1616, distributing his maps and other writings, but he says " all availed no more than to hew rocks with oyster- shells." – England in America, 1580-1652 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler