Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped
  2. (noun, body) the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
    he extended his mitt
  3. (verb, contact) touch clumsily
  4. (verb, contact) scrape with the paws

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Synonyms of Paw

hand, manus, mitt

Alternate forms of Paw

Derivations: paw, pawer

Hyponyms: clenched fist, fist, forepaw, hooks, left, left hand, maulers, meat hooks, right, right hand

Hypernyms: animal foot, caress, extremity, fondle, foot, grate, scrape

Origin of the word Paw

  1. 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. more

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