hew /hyu or, often, yu/ Show Spelled [hyoo or, often, yoo] Show IPA verb, hewed, hewed or hewn, hew·ing.
verb (used with object)
1. to strike forcibly with an ax, sword, or other cutting instrument; chop; hack.
2. to make, shape, smooth, etc., with cutting blows: to hew a passage through the crowd; to hew a statue from marble.
3. to sever (a part) from a whole by means of cutting blows (usually followed by away, off, out, from, etc.): to hew branches from the tree.
4. to cut down; fell: to hew wood; trees hewed down by the storm.
verb (used without object)
5. to strike with cutting blows; cut: He hewed more vigorously each time.
6. to uphold, follow closely, or conform (usually followed by to ): to hew to the tenets of one's political party.
before 900; Middle English hewen, Old English hçawan; cognate with German hauen, Old Norse hǫggva; akin to haggle