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v. hewed, hewn (hyo͞on) or hewed, hew·ing, hews
1. To make or shape with or as if with an axe: hew a path through the underbrush.
2. To cut down with an axe; fell: hew an oak.
3. To strike or cut; cleave.
1. To cut something by repeated blows, as of an axe.
2. To adhere or conform strictly; hold: hew to the line.

[Middle English hewen, from Old English hēawan; see kau- in Indo-European roots.]

hew′er n.


Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hewer - a person who hews
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor


n (Min) → Hauer m
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Being but a hewer of wood and drawer of water, she is rheumatic.
No,' said Nicholas, 'and for that reason poverty should engender an honest pride, that it may not lead and tempt us to unworthy actions, and that we may preserve the self-respect which a hewer of wood and drawer of water may maintain, and does better in maintaining than a monarch in preserving his.
I, who preached contentment with a humble lot, and justified the vocation even of hewers of wood and drawers of water in God's service--I, His ordained minister, almost rave in my restlessness.
be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.
Hewers of wood and drawers of water, such were they from now onwards.
It might not be to do an unreasonably great deal for the diggers and hewers, in a registering age, if we ticketed their graves at the common charge; so that a new generation might know which was which: so that the soldier, sailor, emigrant, coming home, should be able to identify the resting-place of father, mother, playmate, or betrothed.
SPOTLIGHT Best known for: Being Alan Sugar's right-hand man Early life: Hewer was born in Swindon on 17 February, 1944.
ALAN Sugar offered to pay for an eye lift for Apprentice co-star Nick Hewer for his 70th birthday this month.
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But I think I'll chuck it if they don't get rid of Nick Hewer.
The Australia hit out at the performance of referee Gareth Hewer after his side suffered a hard-fought 16-6 defeat at Hull KR on Friday night.