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

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Definition of claw hammer (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of clawhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wiley shattered the glass display cases with a 16-ounce, foot-long claw hammer and Sherman grabbed the jewelry, according to the arrest report. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Second suspect, shot by store manager in jewelry store robbery, released from jail," 18 Sep. 2020 Wiley started smashing the glass display cases with a foot-long, 16-ounce claw hammer as Sherman scooped up the jewelry. Wayne K. Roustan,, "No bond for man accused in Pembroke Lakes Mall armed robbery," 15 Sep. 2020 Wesley Ira Purkey, who raped, murdered and dismembered a 16-year-old girl and was separately convicted of bludgeoning an 80-year-old woman with a claw hammer, was executed two days later. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, "ACLU: Indiana State Police violated death penalty protesters' First Amendment rights," 4 Aug. 2020 He also was convicted in state court for using a claw hammer to bludgeon to death an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio and walked with a cane. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Federal executions scheduled at Terre Haute prison next week will be first since 2003," 8 July 2020 Suttles said Cruz took a claw hammer and used it to repeatedly strike the woman in the face and hands. Andy Nguyen, Glendale News-Press, "Reward offered for information on man suspected of beating former fiancee with hammer," 25 Sep. 2019 The two heads of this hammer (a flat head and a round head, known as the pein or peen) are stronger than a claw hammer to withstand and shape metal surfaces. Popular Science, "Essential hammers for your toolbox," 15 Mar. 2020 Johnson threatened the deputy with a claw hammer, according to multiple witnesses and Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Paul Burch. Washington Post, "Man with hammer shot by deputy in Alabama identified," 10 Jan. 2020 There were char marks in the area as if it had been set on fire and a tack hammer and claw hammer were found. Steven Mross, Arkansas Online, "Spa City woman guilty in deaths of mom, child," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of clawhammer


1964, in the meaning defined above


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of claw hammer

: 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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