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paw

noun \ ˈpȯ \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of paw

1 : the foot of a quadruped (such as a lion or dog) that has claws; broadly : the foot of an animal
2 : a human hand especially when large or clumsy

Examples of paw in a Sentence

  1. The dog injured his paw.

Recent Examples of paw from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of paw

Middle English, from Anglo-French powe, poe


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paw

verb

Definition of paw

transitive verb
1 : to touch or strike at with a paw
2 : to feel or touch clumsily, rudely, or sexually
3 : to scrape or beat with or as if with a hoof
4 : to flail at or grab for wildly
intransitive verb
1 : to beat or scrape something with or as if with a hoof
2 : to touch or strike with a paw
3 : to feel or touch someone or something clumsily, rudely, or sexually
4 : to flail or grab wildly
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.

Recent Examples of paw from the Web

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First Known Use of paw

15th century


PAW Defined for English Language Learners

paw

noun

Definition of paw for English Language Learners

  • : the foot of an animal that has claws

  • : a person's hand


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

noun \ ˈpȯ \

Definition of paw for Students

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

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paw

verb

Definition of paw for Students

pawed; pawing
1 : to touch or hit with a paw
  • My dog pawed the door.
2 : to beat or scrape with a hoof
  • The nervous horse pawed the ground.
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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