[ klawd ]
/ klɔd /


having claws (sometimes used in combination): sharp-clawed.

Origin of clawed

First recorded in 1250–1300, clawed is from the Middle English word claued. See claw, -ed3

Related forms

un·clawed, adjective

Definition for clawed (2 of 2)


[ klaw ]
/ klɔ /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of claw

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English clawu; cognate with Old High German chlō(a), akin to Dutch klauw, German Klaue; (v.) Middle English clawen, Old English claw(i)an, derivative of clawu (noun); akin to Dutch klauwen, German klauen

Related forms

claw·er, nounclaw·less, adjectivede·claw, verb (used with object)

Can be confused

clause claws Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clawed

British Dictionary definitions for clawed


/ (klɔː) /


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

Derived Forms

clawer, nounclawless, adjective

Word Origin for claw

Old English clawu; related to Old High German kluwi, Sanskrit glau- ball, sphere
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Science definitions for clawed


[ klô ]

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.
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