paw

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

pawer, noun
unpawed, adjective

1. paw, poor, pore ; 2. pause, paws, pores, pours.
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paw

2 [paw]
noun Informal.
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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paw (pɔː)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  to scrape or contaminate with the paws or feet
4.  informal (tr) to touch or caress in a clumsy, rough, or overfamiliar manner; maul
 
[C13: via Old French from Germanic; related to Middle Dutch pōte, German Pfote]

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Word Origin & History

paw
c.1300, from O.Fr. powe, poe, of unknown origin. Evidence points to a root form *pauta, which probably is related to Prov. pauta, Catalan pote, M.Du. poot, Ger. Pfote "paw"). Celtic and Old Low Ger. have been proposed as the ultimate source, but evidence is wanting. The verb is 1604, from the noun.
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paw definition


  1. n.
    someone's hand. (Jocular.) : Get your paws off me!
  2. tv.
    to feel someone or handle someone sexually. : If you paw me again, I'll slap you!
  3. tv.
    to touch someone more than is necessary or desired, without any sexual intent. : I don't like for people to paw me while they're shaking hands. There is no reason to shake my shoulder, too.
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PAW definition

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The group indulges their every material desire as the undead paw at the mall entrances.
Each paw has five long, strong claws used for tearing, digging, and climbing.
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