paw definition

  • noun:
    • The foot of an animal, especially a quadruped, that has claws or fingernails.
    • Informal A human hand, especially a large clumsy one: "Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water” ( John Steinbeck).
    • Father; pa.
    • The soft foot of a mammal or any other animal, usually a quadruped, which has claws or fingernails; similar to a human hand or base.
    • The base of a quadruped having claws, due to the fact lion, dog, pet, etc.
    • The hand.
    • The hand or base of an animal with nails or claws: distinguished from hoof: because, a monkey's paw; the paws of a cat, puppy, rat, etc. In several animals the fore legs, plus some the hind feet, tend to be prehensile, and serviceable as fingers.
    • The individual hand, especially when large or coarse, or whenever awkwardly used.
    • A trick.
    • the (prehensile) extremity of this exceptional limb
    • a clawed foot of an animal particularly a quadruped
  • verb-transitive:
    • To strike with the paw or paws.
    • To strike or scrape with a beating motion: The bull pawed the ground before asking.
    • to take care of clumsily, rudely, or with a lot of expertise. See Synonyms at touch.
    • To pass the paw over; to stroke or handle using the paws; ergo, to deal with fondly or rudely.
    • To scrape or overcome using forefoot.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To clean the floor with all the forefeet: The horse pawed restlessly.
    • to manage some one or something clumsily, rudely, or with way too much expertise: do not paw at whatever you see.
    • to attract the forefoot across the surface; to conquer or scrape using the forefoot.
  • verb:
    • to undergo something (such as for instance a garbage can) with paws
    • To carefully drive on some thing with a paw.
    • To touch someone (utilizing the fingers) in a sexual means.
    • To clumsily dig through anything.
    • touch clumsily
    • scrape with all the paws
  • others:
    • to attract the fore foot along the ground; scrape because of the fore foot.
    • To scrape using fore-foot; attack with a drawing or scraping action for the fore foot.
    • To handle about or clumsily, just like paws.Johnson.
    • To fawn upon, as a spaniel upon their master.
    • To secure or end the movement of (a capstan, windlass, or ratchet-wheel) with a pawl.
    • Improper; nasty; obscene.

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