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paw1

[paw] /pɔ/
noun
1.
the foot of an animal having claws.
2.
the foot of any animal.
3.
Informal. the human hand, especially one that is large, rough, or clumsy:
Keep your paws off my property.
verb (used with object)
4.
to strike or scrape with the paws or feet:
a dog pawing the door.
5.
Informal. to handle or caress clumsily, rudely, or with unwelcome familiarity.
verb (used without object)
6.
to beat or scrape the floor, ground, etc., with the paws or feet.
7.
Informal. to handle or caress someone or something in a clumsy or rude manner or with unwelcome familiarity.
Origin of paw1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English pawe, variant of powe < Middle French poue (cognate with Provençal pauta) < Germanic; compare Dutch poot, German Pfote
Related forms
pawer, noun
unpawed, adjective
Can be confused
paw, poor, pore.
pause, paws, pores, pours.

paw2

[paw] /pɔ/
noun, Informal.
1.
father; pa.
Origin
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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Examples from the Web for paw
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  • First one paw and then another relaxed, until, with a thud, the coati and iguana struck the ground together both stone-dead.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Then the bear pounces on it very quickly with his paw or his jaws, and catches it.

    The Wonders of the Jungle Prince Sarath Ghosh
  • In revenge, and by one stroke of his paw, he tore open the body of the mare, and retired.

  • The other girls set on the bedding on the rear seat, and I ride in front with paw.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • All the other toys glanced toward the toy at which the China Cat pointed with one paw.

    The Story of a China Cat Laura Lee Hope
  • paw has been plowing, paying the taxes which this Government has spent for him.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
  • Herculês awoke, and with the paw of his lion-skin overwhelmed the whole host, and carried them captive to King Eurystheus.

British Dictionary definitions for paw

paw

/pɔː/
noun
1.
any of the feet of a four-legged mammal, bearing claws or nails
2.
(informal) a hand, esp one that is large, clumsy, etc
verb
3.
to scrape or contaminate with the paws or feet
4.
(transitive) (informal) to touch or caress in a clumsy, rough, or overfamiliar manner; maul
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Germanic; related to Middle Dutch pōte, German Pfote
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Word Origin and History for paw
n.

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.

v.

"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for paw

paw

noun

A hand: You let me get my paws on the money (1605+)

verb

To touch and handle, esp in a crude sexual way (1701+)

Related Terms

northpaw, southpaw

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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paw in Technology


An extended version of PAW with a Motif human interface.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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