declaw

verb de·claw \ -ˈklȯ \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of declaw

: to remove the claws of (an animal, such as a cat) surgically

Examples of declaw in a Sentence

  1. We had our cats declawed.

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First Known Use of declaw

1953

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Definition of declaw for English Language Learners

  • : to permanently remove the claws of (a cat)


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declaw

transitive verb de·claw \ (ˌ)dē-ˈklȯ \

medical Definition of declaw

: to remove the claws of (a cat) usually with the nail matrix and all or part of the last bone of the toe

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