- 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 pawsfondle, feel, scratch, slap, stroke, hit, molest, smite, pat, finger, rasp, handle, rub, rake, palpate, grate, grope, search, clutch, dig
Examples from the Web for paws
Contemporary Examples of paws
CLAIRE: (blinks rapidly) But Francis, we have the Paws and Purrsonality pancake breakfast next week.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
He holds his left arm at his side and paws with it to set up whacks from the big stick of his right.Vitali Klitschko Contemplates Bowing Out of the Ring and Entering Ukrainian Politics
March 26, 2013
Take this sentence: "With the snake in sight, the horse reeled his paws in fright."Why Do We Want Prices in Health Care?
February 27, 2013
After that, members of PAWS arranged for Rider to fly to California.
From March 2000 until February 2001, PAWS paid for Rider to live in a motel in Galt, Calif., and gave him spending money.
Historical Examples of paws
Isn't it a pity they let the temple between the paws remain buried?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The bear has been said to live at need by sucking his own paws.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He has a fascinating habit of feeding himself with his paws.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Job's paws were armed with claws proportionate to their size.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
All this time, all the while, He had never seen the truth- His paws and tail must have a use!FreeChildrenStories.com Collection
- 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
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).