clawhammer

adjective claw·ham·mer \ ˈklȯ-ˌha-mər \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of clawhammer

: of, relating to, or being a style of banjo playing using the thumb and one or more fingers picking or strumming in a downward direction

First Known Use of clawhammer

1964

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claw hammer

noun

Definition of claw hammer

1 : a hammer with one end of the head forked for pulling out nails
2 : tailcoat

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First Known Use of claw hammer

circa 1769

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CLAWHAMMER Defined for English Language Learners

claw hammer

Definition of claw hammer for English Language Learners

  • : a hammer with a head that is curved and partially split in the back so that it can be used for pulling out nails


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