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paw

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noun \ˈpȯ\

Definition of paw

  1. 1 :  the foot of a quadruped (as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly :  the foot of an animal

  2. 2 :  a human hand especially when large or clumsy

Examples of paw in a sentence

  1. The dog injured his paw.

Origin and Etymology of paw

Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe


First Known Use: 14th century


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paw

verb

Definition of paw

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to touch or strike at with a paw

  3. 2 :  to feel or touch clumsily, rudely, or sexually

  4. 3 :  to scrape or beat with or as if with a hoof

  5. 4 :  to flail at or grab for wildly

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to beat or scrape something with or as if with a hoof

  8. 2 :  to touch or strike with a paw

  9. 3 :  to feel or touch someone or something clumsily, rudely, or sexually

  10. 4 :  to flail or grab wildly

  11. 5 :  to search especially carelessly or roughly <pawed through the box of discount items>

Examples of paw in a sentence

  1. The bull was pawing the dirt.

  2. The celebrity couple was pawed by a mob of adoring fans.

  3. She claims that her boss got drunk and tried to paw her at the company Christmas party.

  4. A crowd of customers was pawing over the remaining sales items.

  5. She pawed through her purse to find her cell phone.

15th Century

First Known Use of paw

15th century


PAW Defined for English Language Learners

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paw

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noun \ˈpȯ\

Definition of paw for English Language Learners

  • : the foot of an animal that has claws

  • : a person's hand


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paw

verb

Definition of paw for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : to touch or hit (someone or something) with a paw or foot

  • : to touch (someone or something) in a rough or sexual way

  • : to search by using your hands in an awkward or careless way


PAW Defined for Kids

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paw

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noun \ˈpȯ\

Definition of paw for Students

  1. :  the foot of a four-footed animal (as a lion, dog, or cat) that has claws


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paw

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verb

Definition of paw for Students

pawed

pawing

  1. 1 :  to touch or hit with a paw <My dog pawed the door.>

  2. 2 :  to beat or scrape with a hoof <The nervous horse pawed the ground.>

  3. 3 :  to touch or handle in a clumsy or rude way <She pawed the family photos.>

Headscratcher for paw

The word paw means “to beat or scratch.” However, a horse can paw the ground, proving that you don't need paws to paw!


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