Definition of paw in English:

paw

noun

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

    • ‘The animal left a large paw print in mud near houses at Beaumont Chase yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘The pads on the lions' paws make very comfortable velvet cushions for them to rest their heads on.’
    • ‘I picked her up and, sure enough, all four paws were wet.’
    • ‘Nontoxic ink was applied to the front and hind paws of each animal to allow for later analysis of locomotor activity.’
    • ‘Poachers also sell bear paws as food and fur for clothing or rugs.’
    • ‘The bear's expression darkened as he grumpily stood up on all four paws.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The dog had placed both front paws on her shoulders, knocking her down onto the grass of Hamilton Park.’
    • ‘The cat looked up from its toys and stretched out its paws to claw at the ragged arm of an old chair.’
    • ‘The feet of the throne are modeled after large catlike paws without claws.’
    • ‘The mastiff began licking its paw, not taking its eyes from us.’
    • ‘An irritant was injected into the left hind paw of the pups to induce swelling.’
    • ‘After the terrier cornered the rat, all Padlin saw was a commotion of claws, paws, and teeth.’
    • ‘She strode up to the cat's right front paw, and began to stroke it.’
    • ‘Ian remembered him best lying in his basket beneath the kitchen table, paws clawing sleepily at his pale blue blanket.’
    • ‘With a grimace, Olivia glares down at her suit jacket, rubbing the wet paw marks.’
    • ‘A white cat with bright eyes was curled upon the doorstep, meticulously licking its little paws.’
    • ‘Access to water is always recommended, as is staying off the asphalt, which can burn an animal's paws.’
    • ‘The river has chiselled the mountain face, making it resemble a lion's paw.’
    • ‘Suddenly he sat down and started licking his paws, a portrait of innocence.’
    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’
      • ‘You opened up the fridge and pulled out every piece of meat you can get your little 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.’
      • ‘Get your filthy little paws on CD-ROMs featuring these sirens of British media culture.’
      • ‘Jimmy dropped his rifle and held his paws over his ears as he rolled around on the grass.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Want to stop boosters from getting their greasy, grubby paws on the game?’
      • ‘'Get your filthy paws off her,' I think as anger sweeps through my body but it is shortly replaced with a desire.’
      • ‘At once he stepped forward to proffer his filthy paw.’
      • ‘Don't just read a recipe book, read as many books as you can get your grubby paws on.’
      • ‘The filthy maggot has his paws all over her prized weapon!’
      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 bull pawed the ground and tossed his mighty horns.’
    • ‘The horse snorted, pawing the loosely packed dirt in the stable aisle.’
    • ‘Two fine, brown horses anxiously pawed at the cobblestone as Julius lent his hand to help me in.’
    • ‘The blood bay stallion was pawing through the snow to the little thatches of dead grass below.’
    • ‘She fell backwards, laughing hysterically as the kittens pawed at her nose and tugged on her hair.’
    • ‘Her whole body is shaking in anger, and reminds me of a bull pawing the ground before it charges.’
    • ‘He looked about through the chilled air, pawing at the moist earth beneath him.’
    • ‘Silverwing looked away, her hooves pawing nervously at the ground.’
    • ‘The units are smoothly animated both in combat and when just standing around, as horses paw the ground and archers play with their bows.’
    • ‘Juno looked around and saw that Riddle was right, for the two horses were pawing at the ground in agitation.’
    • ‘The glorious creature pawed the ground with it's silver hooves and snorted deep of the cold air.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mesa cringed, as the strong creature pawed the water and rocks nervously.’
    • ‘Kat peaked through her closed eye lids to see a little black kitten pawing at her feet.’
    • ‘The kitten merely pawed at his chest, trying to find the source of the rumbling.’
    • ‘She faced it as it began to paw at the ground and lower its head to charge.’
    • ‘Jonah saw several of the creatures pawing at the air and shaking their heads.’
    • ‘Horses pawed the ground anxiously as the warriors gathered.’
    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’
      • ‘We drive into town quick for something and return to find neighbors pawing through the stuff, thinking it was a yard sale.’
      • ‘Before I left the house today, I pawed through a box for some old unused show prep from the Diner days.’
      • ‘She was pawing at the camera and seemed oblivious to it all.’
      • ‘Desdemona locks it, then begins pawing the mirror.’
      • ‘She zipped open the duffel bag, pawing through it.’
      • ‘Yes, I'm aware they are online but I like to go in and paw the merchandise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was slowly going mad with joy and trying my best to keep looking normal, pawing a CD every now and then.’
      • ‘Kassa sat on the sofa nervously twiddling her thumbs; Vlad sat beside her lazily pawing her hair.’
      • ‘He was pawing playfully with one of her dangly earrings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Little grubby children rushed past her, pawing her dress, of which they had never seen such quality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm there often, greedily pawing their goods, and adding things constantly to my wish list.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We killed time here and there, and I found myself in a store pawing through the sale shirts.’
      • ‘I didn't stop pawing through my bag in search of Kleenex but looked up from my seat on the bench.’
      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

/pô//pɔ/