paw

1
[ paw ]
/ pɔ /

noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

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.

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Origin of paw

1
1300–50; Middle English pawe, variant of powe<Middle French poue (cognate with Provençal pauta) <Germanic; compare Dutch poot,German Pfote

OTHER WORDS FROM paw

pawer, nounun·pawed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH paw

1. paw , poor, pore2. pause, paws , pores, pours

Definition for paw (2 of 2)

paw2
[ paw ]
/ pɔ /

noun Informal.

father; pa.

Origin of paw

2
1900–05, Americanism; earlier and dial. pronunciation of pa, reflecting the now lapsed constraint against a maximally open back vowel in an open stressed final syllable
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British Dictionary definitions for paw

paw
/ (pɔː) /

noun

any of the feet of a four-legged mammal, bearing claws or nails
informal a hand, esp one that is large, clumsy, etc

verb

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

C13: via Old French from Germanic; related to Middle Dutch pōte, German Pfote
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