paw

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The word probably has an origin in baby talk: see ‘pa.

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  • enPR: , IPA(key): /pɔː/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Homophones: poor (in non-rhotic accents), pore (in non-rhotic accents), pour (in non-rhotic accents)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)

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paw (plural paws)

  1. (nonstandard or rural) Father; pa.
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Etymology 2[edit]

A dog's paw.

Middle English pawe, from Old French poue, poe, from Old Low Franconian *pōta (compare Dutch poot, Low German Pote, German Pfote), from *pōton 'to put, stick, plant' (compare Dutch poten 'to plant'), from Proto-Germanic *putōną (compare Old English potian 'to push', pȳtan 'to put out, poke out', Icelandic pota 'to stick', Albanian putër 'paw'), Ancient Greek "πους". More at put.

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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.
  2. (humorous) A hand.
    Get your grubby paws off my things!
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  • (foot of a mammal:) limb extremity
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Etymology 3[edit]

From the noun paw, meaning an animal's hand or foot.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: , IPA(key): /pɔː/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Homophones: poor (in non-rhotic accents), pore (in non-rhotic accents), pour (in non-rhotic accents)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)

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paw (third-person singular simple present paws, present participle pawing, simple past and past participle pawed)

  1. (of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
  2. (of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
  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, of a human) To touch someone (with the hands) in a sexual way.
    • August 17 1997, Robert Spector, in misc.fitness.weights:
      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.
    • October 26 1997, Verbotene, quoted by Amy McWilliams, in rec.arts.tv.soaps.abc:
      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?
    • July 18 2002, 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, of a human) To clumsily dig through something.
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  • (to go through something with paws): handle
  • (to gently push on something): touch
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paw m

  1. (male) peacock

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