From Middle English hewen, from Old English hēawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *kewh₂- (“to strike, hew, forge”).
hew (third-person singular simple present hews, present participle hewing, simple past hewed or (rare) hew, past participle hewed or hewn)
- (transitive, intransitive) To chop away at; to whittle down; to mow down.
- (transitive) To shape; to form.
- (transitive, US) To act according to, to conform to; usually construed with to.
hew (countable and uncountable, plural hews)
- (obsolete) hue; colour
- (obsolete) shape; form
- (obsolete) Destruction by cutting down.