Definition of hewer in English:



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

    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A miner who cuts coal from a seam.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’