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

Examples of clawhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Boettcher has an extensive criminal history that includes a 2001 first-degree assault conviction for beating his former boss with a claw hammer. oregonlive, "Jury finds Clackamas County man guilty of murder in 2016 stabbing death of roommate," 8 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors said he was also convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 Prosecutors said he was also convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 Prosecutors said he was also convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 Prosecutors said he was also convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 Prosecutors said he was also convicted in a state court in Kansas after using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio. CBS News, "Who are the five men scheduled to be executed under federal law?," 26 July 2019 He also was convicted in state court for using a claw hammer to kill an 80-year-old woman who suffered from polio and walked with a cane. Tribune News Service, al, "Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions," 25 July 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clawhammer. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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claw hammer

noun

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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