verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of claw
Related Words for clawtentacle, paw, fingernail, scratch, dig, rip, talon, nipper, crook, hook, barb, spur, unguis, clapperclaw, fang, manus, grapnel, grappler, itch, tear
Examples from the Web for claw
Contemporary Examples of claw
My sisters Rosa and Liz called it “the claw,” lovingly at times, and at other times I was not so sure.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
The dragon, now dangling by a claw from the edge of the sand tray, is on the cusp of defeat.The Rise of Superhero Therapy: Comic Books as Psychological Treatment
February 17, 2014
Yes, the agency did try to claw back some of the money it gave out after Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, reports Michael Moynihan.From Katrina To Sandy, FEMA Rumors and Failures Keep Swirling
November 9, 2012
Admitting to an even bigger trading loss, CEO Jamie Dimon apologized for rogue managers, pledging to claw back compensation.JPMorgan Chase Earnings: CEO Jamie Dimon Comes Clean
July 13, 2012
The two have been battling tooth and claw in the Sunshine State this week.A Florida Win Will Make Headlines, But What About the Delegates?
January 27, 2012
Historical Examples of claw
We have brains, and with our brains we must do in a scientific way what Nature does with tooth and claw.Her Father's Daughter
The bird was standing upon one leg, and in the other claw held a stone.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Unlike any animals he had ever encountered, they did not bite nor claw.White Fang
He could hit, and he could hit hard, but he did not care to claw and scratch and bite!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He would fight them tooth and claw, and yet Lionel should not suffer.The Sea-Hawk
Word Origin for claw
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.