Definitions for PAW

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the foot of an animal that has claws; broadly, the foot of a quadruped.

    Category: Zoology

  2. Informal. the human hand, esp. one that is large, rough, or clumsy.

    Category: Informal

  3. (v.t.)to strike or scrape with the paws or feet.

  4. to handle or caress clumsily, rudely, or with unwelcome familiarity.

    Category: Informal

  5. (v.i.)to beat or scrape the floor, ground, etc., with the paws or feet.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  6. to use one's hands in an awkward manner.

    Category: Informal

Origin of paw:

1300–50; ME pawe, var. of powe < MF poue (c. Oc pauta) < Gmc; cf. D poot, G Pfote


Princeton's WordNet

  1. paw(noun)

    a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped

  2. hand, manus, mitt, paw(verb)

    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

    "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"

  3. paw(verb)

    scrape with the paws

    "The bear pawed the door"

  4. paw(verb)

    touch clumsily

    "The man tried to paw her"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paw(noun)ɔ

    an animal's foot with claws and soft pads

    the bear's/cat's/wolf's paw; paw prints all over the kitchen floor

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paw(noun)

    the foot of a quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc

  2. Paw(noun)

    the hand

  3. Paw(verb)

    to draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot

  4. Paw(verb)

    to pass the paw over; to stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or rudely

  5. Paw(verb)

    to scrape or beat with the forefoot


  1. Paw

    A paw is the soft foot of a mammal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails. A hard foot is called a hoof. An animal's front paw is known as a forepaw. Paws are used to pad feet for walking and increase friction.

Anagrams of PAW

  1. PWA

  2. WAP

  3. WPA

Translations for PAW

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of an animal) to touch, hit etc (usually several times) with a paw or paws

The cat was pawing (at) the dead mouse.

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