They pawed over Apeman despite his snarls and bellowings, and laughed when Apeman played the ape as though to the manner born.
Seeing that the newcomer was only a woman, she lowered her head and pawed the ground.
At last he came within fifty yards, stopped, pawed a patch of snow, and still we did not shoot.
The beast rose on his hind legs and pawed the air, snorting.
They pawed over bolts of cheap lace and bins of stuff in the fetid air of the crowded place.
Gaping, she pawed into her apron pocket and handed him a coin.
But with a quiver of impatience the horse had pawed the ground and the tiny bird flew off to a distant clump of palmetto.
Harry pawed his mustache and made a greasy, black mark on his face.
Disconsolate Kerry barked at my passing step, and pawed frantically at the window, but I made no effort to release him.
And when Fatty Coon pawed his way through to the nest he found it empty.
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).