verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of paw1
Related Words for pawingfondle, feel, scratch, slap, stroke, hit, molest, smite, pat, finger, rasp, handle, rub, rake, palpate, grate, grope, search, clutch, dig
Examples from the Web for pawing
Historical Examples of pawing
Mr. Hungerford, pawing in the darkness at the offending footstool, swore.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
Somebody's been pawing this all over, and the prints are probably spoilt.The Grell Mystery
He's been pawing the air ever since Crew cabled, and this has blown him up completely.The Coast of Chance
If so, it came quickly unstuck, and the bull emerged, pawing and snorting.A Slave is a Slave
Henry Beam Piper
For a time the best sheep-dog in the North was pawing at the Gate of Death.Bob, Son of Battle
Word Origin 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).