A close up of the claws on a bears paw.
- The definition of a claw is a sharp, pointed nail or anything resembling a claw.
- An example of a claw is the nail of a hawk.
- An example of a claw is the large appendage of a crab.
- An example of a claw is the gripping end of a hammer.
- To claw is to grab or tear using the nails on a hand or foot.
An example of claw is a dog trying to climb up its owner leg instead of going into a bath.
- a sharp, hooked or curved horny structure, or nail, on the foot of a bird and of many reptiles and mammals
- a foot with such structures at its end
- the pincers, or chela, of a lobster, crab, scorpion, etc., or on the limb of certain insects
- anything resembling or regarded as a claw: the claw of a hammer
Origin of clawMiddle English claue from Old English clawu from Indo-European an unverified form g(e)l-eu- from base an unverified form gel-, to make round, clench (as a fist) from source cling, clamp, climb
Origin of clawextended from general sense, “to get something back through great effort”
- A sharp, curved, horny structure at the end of a toe of a vertebrate animal.
- a. A chela or similar pincerlike structure on the end of a limb of a crustacean or arachnid.b. One of one or more small curved structures at the tip of an appendage of an invertebrate, especially an insect or other arthropod.c. A limb terminating in such a structure.
- Something, such as the cleft end of a hammerhead, that resembles a claw.
- Botany A narrowed, stalklike basal part of a petal, sepal, or bract.
tr. & intr.v.clawed, claw·ing, claws
Origin of clawMiddle English clawe from Old English clawu
- A curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- A foot equipped with such.
- The pincer (chela) of a crustacean or other arthropod.
- A mechanical device resembling a claw, used for gripping or lifting.
- (botany) A slender appendage or process, formed like a claw, such as the base of petals of the pink.
- (juggling, uncountable) The act of catching a ball overhand.
From Middle English clawe, from Old English clawu, from Proto-Germanic *klawō. Compare West Frisian klau, Dutch klauw, German Klaue, Danish klo.
(third-person singular simple present claws, present participle clawing, simple past and past participle clawed)
- To scratch or to tear at.
- To use the claws to seize, to grip.
- To use the claws to climb.
- (juggling) To perform a claw catch.
- To move with one's fingertips.
- Rich men they claw, soothe up, and flatter; the poor they contemn and despise.
From Old English clawian, from clawu.