- the foot of an animal having claws.
- the foot of any animal.
- Informal. the human hand, especially one that is large, rough, or clumsy: Keep your paws off my property.
- to strike or scrape with the paws or feet: a dog pawing the door.
- Informal. to handle or caress clumsily, rudely, or with unwelcome familiarity.
- to beat or scrape the floor, ground, etc., with the paws or feet.
- Informal. to handle or caress someone or something in a clumsy or rude manner or with unwelcome familiarity.
Origin of paw1
Examples from the Web for pawed
It pawed the ground and stamped with its hoofs, and looked like the leader of a grand army.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
Seeing that the newcomer was only a woman, she lowered her head and pawed the ground.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
I pawed the air, raved a little, and made him think I was crazy.The Players
Everett B. Cole
The beast rose on his hind legs and pawed the air, snorting.Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies
Alice B. Emerson
He pawed all over the marble top of the table, rattling the dishes.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- any of the feet of a four-legged mammal, bearing claws or nails
- informal a hand, esp one that is large, clumsy, etc
- to scrape or contaminate with the paws or feet
- (tr) informal to touch or caress in a clumsy, rough, or overfamiliar manner; maul
Word Origin and History for pawed
c.1300, from Old French powe, poe "paw, fist," of uncertain origin. Evidence points to a Gallo-Romance root form *pauta which probably is related to the source of patten.
"use the hands roughly," c.1600, from paw (n.). Related: Pawed; pawing. Middle English had pawen "to touch or strike with the paw" (c.1400).