Definition of hewer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhyo͞oər/


1A person who cuts wood, stone, or other materials.
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.
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

dated Menial drudges; laborers.
With biblical allusion to Josh. 9:21
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.

Words that rhyme with hewer

Amur, brewer, chewer, Dewar, doer, ewer, Kahlua, lassoer, Nuer, pursuer, renewer, screwer, sewer, skewer, skua, spewer, strewer, suer, tattooer, viewer, who're, wooer

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Syllabification: hew·er

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