rough-hewed; rough-hewn ˈrəf-ˈhyün How to pronounce rough-hew (audio) ; rough-hewing

transitive verb

: to hew (something, such as timber) coarsely without smoothing or finishing
: to form crudely

Examples of rough-hew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Honeyed yet rough-hewed, deep and daring, Kara Jackson has the voice of someone who’s lived a lot of life. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rough-hew was in 1530

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“Rough-hew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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