clapperclaw

verb
clap·​per·​claw | \ ˈkla-pər-ˌklȯ How to pronounce clapperclaw (audio) \
clapperclawed; clapperclawing; clapperclaws

Definition of clapperclaw

transitive verb

1 dialectal, England : to claw with the nails
2 dialectal, England : scold, revile

First Known Use of clapperclaw

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clapperclaw

perhaps from clapper + claw (verb)

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The first known use of clapperclaw was in 1590

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“Clapperclaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clapperclaw. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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