see also: PAW
Pronunciation Noun

paw (plural paws)

  1. The soft foot of a mammal or other animal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails; comparable to a human hand or foot.
    Synonyms: hand, foot
    Hypernyms: limb extremity
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  2. (humorous) A hand.
    Get your grubby paws off my things!
Translations Verb

paw (paws, present participle pawing; past and past participle pawed)

  1. (of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws.
    Hypernyms: handle
  2. (of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
    Hypernyms: touch
  3. (of an animal) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
    • Bible, Job xxxix. 21
      He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
  4. (by extension) To touch someone in a sexual way.
    • 1997 August 17, Robert Spector, in
      IronMan used to be good in this way, back in the '80s. […] They wouldn't subscribe to the old, "Let's put a male bodybuilder with silicone babes pawing him" cover that's mainstay now.
    • 1997 October 26, Verbotene, quoted by Amy McWilliams, in
      So, Katherine was out with Luke and they were both quite dolled up and swoon-worthy. Katherine fawned all over Luke and pawed him, but to what end? Was Stefan supposed to believe that Luke and Katherine have some sort of a thing going? What was the point of this display from Katherine's perspective?
    • 2002 July 18, Lurker Dave, in rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe:
      Subtlety is great, but what exactly happened with Jessica and the cop during sex that he locked her up afterwards? Also, what was the item she nicked from his shirt while she pawed him?
  5. (by extension) To clumsily dig through something.
  6. (transitive, dated) To flatter.
Translations Translations Pronunciation Noun

paw (plural paws)

  1. (nonstandard or rural) Father; pa.
    Synonyms: pawpaw, pa, papa, father, dad, daddy, pappy
    Hypernyms: parent
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    Coordinate terms: maw#English|maw, brother#English|brother, sis#English|sis, sissy#English|sissy
Related terms


  1. (uncountable) Abbreviation of plasma arc welding. an arc welding technology
    Synonyms: PAW welding
  2. (countable) Abbreviation of plasma arc weld. a weld created with the PAW process
    Synonyms: PAW weld

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