- Paw is defined as the hand or the foot of a four-legged animal.
An example of a paw is a cat's foot.
- Paw means to touch or hit something, often in a clumsy or rough way.
An example of paw is for a cat to keep hitting a stream of water with her foot.
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- the foot of a four-footed animal having claws
- Informal a hand
Origin: Middle English paue from Old French poue from Frankish an unverified form pauta, a paw (from pre-Celt an unverified form pauta) from source German pfote
- to touch, dig, hit, strike out (at), etc. with the paws or feet: a horse pawing the air
- to handle clumsily or roughly: she pawed angrily through the papers on her desk
- to caress in too familiar a way
- pawer noun
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- The foot of an animal, especially a quadruped, that has claws or nails.
- Informal A human hand, especially a large clumsy one: “Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water” (John Steinbeck).
- To strike with the paw or paws.
- To strike or scrape with a beating motion: The bull pawed the ground before charging.
- To handle clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity. See Synonyms at touch.
- To scrape the ground with the forefeet: The horse pawed restlessly.
- To handle someone or something clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity: Don't paw at everything you see.
Origin: Middle English pawe, from Old French powe.
- pawˈer noun