Definition of hewer in English:


Line breaks: hewer
Pronunciation: /ˈhjuːə


1A person who cuts wood, stone, or other materials.
More example sentences
  • The hewers of wood have long claimed that slaughtering forests is good for the environment.
  • It took 70,000 burden bearers, 80,000 stone hewers, 3,300 officers, and a forced levy of 30,000 subjects 13 years to finish.
  • Cantor described himself as ‘a hewer of timber who with a big axe and with powerful strokes roughly cut the timber to proper form and dimension’.
1.1A miner who cuts coal from a seam.
More example sentences
  • We also know that On the Origin of Species was tackled by a miner, a grocer, and a coal hewer; and that both volumes of Macaulay's History of England were checked out to an engine driver.
  • There was Bobby's birth certificate (born February 24, 1915, to father Robert, a ‘coal hewer’).
  • The only exception was the 1858-1859 time book which contained details on individual hewers ' productivity in terms of tubs mined, forward progress, and mine location.


hewers of wood and drawers of water

Menial drudges; labourers.
[with biblical allusion to Josh. 9:21]
More example sentences
  • Instead of insisting on manufacturing the raw materials here, ‘we are being pushed back into the role of hewers of wood and drawers of water’.
  • As Brownlow put it, ‘We can never live in a Southern Confederacy, and be made hewers of wood and drawers of water for a set of aristocrats ‘- an appropriate role for slaves but not for free men.’
  • Davies's workers are strong in arm and weak in brain - perpetual hewers of wood and drawers of water who cannot aspire to any higher intellectual, cultural or political activities.

Definition of hewer in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day rebuff
Pronunciation: rɪˈbʌf
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt manner…