clawhammer

adjective
claw·​ham·​mer | \ ˈklȯ-ˌha-mər How to pronounce clawhammer (audio) \

Definition of clawhammer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

claw hammer

noun

Definition of claw hammer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of clawhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the woman’s possession, police found a claw hammer allegedly used to remove security devices from merchandise. cleveland, 4 Jan. 2022 Police said Cusseaux opened her front door with a claw hammer raised as officers were opening the security door to her unit. AZCentral.com, 15 Dec. 2021 Prosecutors said Johnson used a claw hammer to fatally bludgeon a manager, Mary Bratcher, 46, and employees Mabel Scruggs, 57, and Fred Jones, 58, during a closing-time robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Columbia on Feb. 12, 1994. NBC News, 7 May 2021 The victims were shot and attacked with a claw hammer. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Clearly, Marcie and Gibbs were on the right track; the woman pulled from the lake matches the killer's MO: bludgeoned with a claw hammer and bound with red duct tape. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 21 Sep. 2021 In state court, Purkey was convicted for the death of another woman — 80-year-old Mary Ruth Bales, who was bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer the same year as Long’s murder. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Sep. 2020 Two of the four women were posed nude after their deaths, one was raped with a claw hammer and all were repeatedly strangled and resuscitated to prolong their agony, prosecutors said. Donald Thompson, ajc, 24 July 2021 Two of the four women were posed nude after their deaths, one was raped with a claw hammer and all were repeatedly strangled and resuscitated to prolong their agony, prosecutors said. al, 24 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clawhammer

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clawhammer was circa 1769

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“Clawhammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clawhammer. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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