Definition of paw in English:

paw

noun

  • 1An animal's foot having claws and pads.

    • ‘She strode up to the cat's right front paw, and began to stroke it.’
    • ‘The feet of the throne are modeled after large catlike paws without claws.’
    • ‘The animal left a large paw print in mud near houses at Beaumont Chase yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘Access to water is always recommended, as is staying off the asphalt, which can burn an animal's paws.’
    • ‘The mastiff began licking its paw, not taking its eyes from us.’
    • ‘Suddenly he sat down and started licking his paws, a portrait of innocence.’
    • ‘The river has chiselled the mountain face, making it resemble a lion's paw.’
    • ‘The bear's expression darkened as he grumpily stood up on all four paws.’
    • ‘After the terrier cornered the rat, all Padlin saw was a commotion of claws, paws, and teeth.’
    • ‘I picked her up and, sure enough, all four paws were wet.’
    • ‘Once, I heard something scuffling inside one of the forbidden rooms, as if a cat or other animal was scratching their paws over the walls.’
    • ‘Nontoxic ink was applied to the front and hind paws of each animal to allow for later analysis of locomotor activity.’
    • ‘The dog had placed both front paws on her shoulders, knocking her down onto the grass of Hamilton Park.’
    • ‘The pads on the lions' paws make very comfortable velvet cushions for them to rest their heads on.’
    • ‘With a grimace, Olivia glares down at her suit jacket, rubbing the wet paw marks.’
    • ‘Ian remembered him best lying in his basket beneath the kitchen table, paws clawing sleepily at his pale blue blanket.’
    • ‘The cat looked up from its toys and stretched out its paws to claw at the ragged arm of an old chair.’
    • ‘An irritant was injected into the left hind paw of the pups to induce swelling.’
    • ‘A white cat with bright eyes was curled upon the doorstep, meticulously licking its little paws.’
    • ‘Poachers also sell bear paws as food and fur for clothing or rugs.’
    foot, pad
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    1. 1.1informal A person's hand.
      ‘touch her with your filthy paws and I'll ram my fist into your face’
      • ‘He wanted to pluck it from the man's paw - he even pictured himself doing it - but his limbs refused to propel him towards it.’
      • ‘Jimmy dropped his rifle and held his paws over his ears as he rolled around on the grass.’
      • ‘The filthy maggot has his paws all over her prized weapon!’
      • ‘Get your filthy little paws on CD-ROMs featuring these sirens of British media culture.’
      • ‘'Get your filthy paws off her,' I think as anger sweeps through my body but it is shortly replaced with a desire.’
      • ‘Don't just read a recipe book, read as many books as you can get your grubby paws on.’
      • ‘Her paws were tied palm to palm, with not only a rope around her wrist, but with string binding finger to finger as well.’
      • ‘Want to stop boosters from getting their greasy, grubby paws on the game?’
      • ‘You opened up the fridge and pulled out every piece of meat you can get your little paws on.’
      • ‘At once he stepped forward to proffer his filthy paw.’
      fist, palm
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1(of an animal) feel or scrape with a paw or hoof.

    ‘the horse rose on its strong haunches, its forelegs pawing the air’
    no object ‘young dogs may paw at the floor and whine’
    • ‘The kitten merely pawed at his chest, trying to find the source of the rumbling.’
    • ‘She fell backwards, laughing hysterically as the kittens pawed at her nose and tugged on her hair.’
    • ‘The blood bay stallion was pawing through the snow to the little thatches of dead grass below.’
    • ‘Jonah saw several of the creatures pawing at the air and shaking their heads.’
    • ‘The units are smoothly animated both in combat and when just standing around, as horses paw the ground and archers play with their bows.’
    • ‘She faced it as it began to paw at the ground and lower its head to charge.’
    • ‘Silverwing looked away, her hooves pawing nervously at the ground.’
    • ‘The bull pawed the ground and tossed his mighty horns.’
    • ‘He looked about through the chilled air, pawing at the moist earth beneath him.’
    • ‘Two fine, brown horses anxiously pawed at the cobblestone as Julius lent his hand to help me in.’
    • ‘The horse snorted, pawing the loosely packed dirt in the stable aisle.’
    • ‘Mesa cringed, as the strong creature pawed the water and rocks nervously.’
    • ‘A magnificent white stallion reared, hooves pawing at the air as it tossed its brilliant white mane and landed gently on the grass beneath its feet.’
    • ‘She reared, pawing at the air, and slammed her hooves to earth, panting.’
    • ‘Horses pawed the ground anxiously as the warriors gathered.’
    • ‘The glorious creature pawed the ground with it's silver hooves and snorted deep of the cold air.’
    • ‘Kat peaked through her closed eye lids to see a little black kitten pawing at her feet.’
    • ‘Her whole body is shaking in anger, and reminds me of a bull pawing the ground before it charges.’
    • ‘Juno looked around and saw that Riddle was right, for the two horses were pawing at the ground in agitation.’
    poke, handle carelessly, handle clumsily, handle roughly, finger, thumb, pull, grab, maul, manhandle, mangle, mess up
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    1. 1.1informal (of a person) touch or handle clumsily or lasciviously.
      ‘some overweight, ugly Casanova had tried to paw her’
      • ‘Before I left the house today, I pawed through a box for some old unused show prep from the Diner days.’
      • ‘Kassa sat on the sofa nervously twiddling her thumbs; Vlad sat beside her lazily pawing her hair.’
      • ‘Left alone for a moment in her room, I quickly pawed through the perfume bottles on her glass-and-gilt vanity tray, eager to see what the other half was spritzing.’
      • ‘Now all three of my best friends are pawing through my underwear.’
      • ‘Little grubby children rushed past her, pawing her dress, of which they had never seen such quality.’
      • ‘She zipped open the duffel bag, pawing through it.’
      • ‘I wander round looking like a lost child pawing things for a while, and then panic and pick up something which neither fits nor suits me.’
      • ‘We killed time here and there, and I found myself in a store pawing through the sale shirts.’
      • ‘I was slowly going mad with joy and trying my best to keep looking normal, pawing a CD every now and then.’
      • ‘I'm there often, greedily pawing their goods, and adding things constantly to my wish list.’
      • ‘I didn't stop pawing through my bag in search of Kleenex but looked up from my seat on the bench.’
      • ‘He was pawing playfully with one of her dangly earrings.’
      • ‘Desdemona locks it, then begins pawing the mirror.’
      • ‘We drive into town quick for something and return to find neighbors pawing through the stuff, thinking it was a yard sale.’
      • ‘Yes, I'm aware they are online but I like to go in and paw the merchandise.’
      • ‘She was pawing at the camera and seemed oblivious to it all.’
      • ‘I wasn't about to let people go around pawing a holy artifact like it was just any old piece of junk.’
      • ‘I wanted something aggressive; I began pawing through my CDs.’
      • ‘Back at my desk, I slowly pawed through all of my belongings.’
      • ‘This morning I was pawing through my jumbled collection of socks, looking for a match to an olive one I had already plucked from the drawer.’
      poke, handle carelessly, handle clumsily, handle roughly, finger, thumb, pull, grab, maul, manhandle, mangle, mess up
      fondle, feel, maul, molest
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French poue, probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch poot.

Pronunciation

paw

/pɔ//pô/