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1paw

noun \ˈp\

: the foot of an animal that has claws

: a person's hand

Full Definition of PAW

1
:  the foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly :  the foot of an animal
2
:  a human hand especially when large or clumsy
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Examples of PAW

  1. The dog injured his paw.

Origin of PAW

Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PAW

2paw

verb

of an animal : to touch or hit (someone or something) with a paw or foot

: to touch (someone or something) in a rough or sexual way

: to search by using your hands in an awkward or careless way

Full Definition of PAW

transitive verb
1
:  to touch or strike at with a paw
2
:  to feel or touch clumsily, rudely, or sexually
3
:  to scrape or beat with or as if with a hoof
4
:  to flail at or grab for wildly
intransitive verb
1
:  to beat or scrape something with or as if with a hoof
2
:  to touch or strike with a paw
3
:  to feel or touch someone or something clumsily, rudely, or sexually
4
:  to flail or grab wildly
5
:  to search especially carelessly or roughly <pawed through the box of discount items>

Examples of PAW

  1. The bull was pawing the dirt.
  2. The celebrity couple was pawed by a mob of adoring fans.
  3. She claims that her boss got drunk and tried to paw her at the company Christmas party.
  4. A crowd of customers was pawing over the remaining sales items.
  5. She pawed through her purse to find her cell phone.

First Known Use of PAW

15th century
PAW Defined for Kids

1paw

noun \ˈp\

Definition of PAW for Kids

:  the foot of a four-footed animal (as a lion, dog, or cat) that has claws

2paw

verb
pawedpaw·ing

Definition of PAW for Kids

1
:  to touch or hit with a paw <My dog pawed the door.>
2
:  to beat or scrape with a hoof <The nervous horse pawed the ground.>
3
:  to touch or handle in a clumsy or rude way <She pawed the family photos.>

Headscratcher for PAW

The word paw means to beat or scratch. However, a horse can paw the ground, proving that you don't need paws to paw!

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