Definition of paw in English:


Syllabification: paw


  • 1An animal’s foot having claws and pads.
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    • The feet of the throne are modeled after large catlike paws without claws.
    • Access to water is always recommended, as is staying off the asphalt, which can burn an animal's paws.
    • The cat looked up from its toys and stretched out its paws to claw at the ragged arm of an old chair.
    foot, forepaw, hind paw
  • 1.1chiefly • derogatory A person’s hand: touch her with your filthy paws and I’ll ram my fist into your face
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    • Get your filthy little paws on CD-ROMs featuring these sirens of British media culture.
    • The filthy maggot has his paws all over her prized weapon!
    • 'Get your filthy paws off her,' I think as anger sweeps through my body but it is shortly replaced with a desire.


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  • 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
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    • Jonah saw several of the creatures pawing at the air and shaking their heads.
    • The glorious creature pawed the ground with it's silver hooves and snorted deep of the cold air.
    • Juno looked around and saw that Riddle was right, for the two horses were pawing at the ground in agitation.
  • 1.1 informal (Of a person) touch or handle clumsily or lasciviously: some overweight, ugly Casanova had tried to paw her
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    • 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 wasn't about to let people go around pawing a holy artifact like it was just any old piece of junk.
    • Kassa sat on the sofa nervously twiddling her thumbs; Vlad sat beside her lazily pawing her hair.
    handle roughly, pull, grab, maul, manhandlefondle, feel, maul, molest
    informal grope, feel up, goose


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

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