- 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
- father; pa.
Origin of paw2
Related Words for pawfondle, feel, scratch, slap, stroke, hit, molest, smite, pat, finger, rasp, handle, rub, rake, palpate, grate, grope, search, clutch, dig
Examples from the Web for paw
Contemporary Examples of paw
Jimbo sat behind me, and patted me on the back with his heavy tomahawk of a paw.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
But there are some compelling reasons to view the advantages that ruling gave the GOP in 2010 as something of a monkey's paw.How Citizens United Hurt Republicans
November 9, 2012
They decide to adopt a stray cat, Paw Paw, in the hopes that it will fill the void in their relationship.Miranda July's Lovers and Haters
July 30, 2011
Historical Examples of paw
Rechid was only their cat's-paw, thinking he played his own hand.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Before, he had looked like a giant; now Wahb felt he could crush him with one paw.The Biography of a Grizzly
At this, with one sweep of his sword, Hugh struck at the cat's paw.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The creature comes to the tree by night, inserts his paw, and grasps his booty.Self-Help
He placed his paw on one, and its movements were accelerated.White Fang
- 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 for paw
Word Origin and History for paw
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).