- having claws (sometimes used in combination): sharp-clawed.
Origin of clawed
- a sharp, usually curved, nail on the foot of an animal, as on a cat, dog, or bird.
- a similar curved process at the end of the leg of an insect.
- the pincerlike extremity of specific limbs of certain arthropods: lobster claws.
- any part or thing resembling a claw, as the cleft end of the head of a hammer.
- Typography. the hooklike projection from the right side of an r or from the bowl of a g.
- (in a motion-picture mechanism) a device having one or two teeth that hook into the perforations of a length of film and move it one frame at a time at any given speed.
- Jewelry. one of a group of slender, tapering metal projections rising from the base of a jewelry setting, used to hold a transparent or faceted gemstone in position.Compare prong(def 4).
- to tear, scratch, seize, pull, etc., with or as if with claws: The kitten clawed my sweater to shreds.
- to make by or as if by scratching, digging, etc., with hands or claws: to claw a hole in the earth.
- to proceed by or as if by using the hands: He clawed his way through the crowd.
- to scratch, tear, or dig with or as if with claws: The cat clawed and hissed in fear.
- to make fumbling motions: He clawed at the door. She clawed for the light switch.
- Scot. to scratch gently, as to relieve itching.
Origin of claw
Examples from the Web for clawed
For every age, there have been subjugated people who have clawed for freedom and dignity.The Werewolf Novel as Post-9/11 Political Allegory?
May 16, 2013
They clawed their way to the top, inch by inch, not letting anything stand in their way.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates
October 24, 2012
Even Bob Dole clawed his way into a positive territory after the 1996 Republican fete in San Diego (32-29).Why Mitt Romney Has the Worst Favorability Ratings in Memory
September 6, 2012
The clawed back wages will barely dent the $5.8 billion loss—but they send a message.JPMorgan Chase Earnings: CEO Jamie Dimon Comes Clean
July 13, 2012
Lieberman could not have clawed his way to victory without strong backing from Republicans.Joe Lieberman Retiring From the Senate
January 18, 2011
He shoved with his right leg and clawed at the bank of the sand-trap.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
He clawed with his hands, but the planks was slippery, and he slid astern fast.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Mad with rage and fright, he clawed and bit at the neck of his captor.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
One of the hands unclosed from about the revolver and clawed at his throat.
For her "Granny's" clawed talons were upon her shoulder, pulling her back.Mayflower (Flor de mayo)
Vicente Blasco Ibez
- a curved pointed horny process on the end of each digit in birds, some reptiles, and certain mammals
- a corresponding structure in some invertebrates, such as the pincer of a crab
- a part or member like a claw in function or appearance
- botany the narrow basal part of certain petals and sepals
- to scrape, tear, or dig (something or someone) with claws, etc
- (tr) to create by scratching as with clawsto claw an opening
Word Origin and History for clawed
Old English clawu, earlier clea, "claw, talon, iron hook," from Proto-Germanic *klawo (cf. Old Frisian klawe "claw, hoe," Middle Dutch klouwe, Dutch klauw, Old High German klawa, German Klaue "claw").
Claw-foot in reference to furniture is from 1823; claw-and-ball attested from 1893. Claw-hammer attested from 1769.
Old English clawian "to scratch, claw," from the same root as claw (n.). Related: Clawed; clawing. Cf. Dutch klaauwen, Old High German klawan, German klauen. To claw back"regain by great effort" is from 1953; as a noun, an act of this, from 1969.
- A sharp, curved nail at the end of a toe of a mammal, reptile, or bird.
- A pincer, as of a lobster or crab, used for grasping.