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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
paw
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cat's paw
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
front
▪ They catch them with one front paw and throw them over their shoulders on to the bank.
▪ When I put my front paws on my lady's shoulders, I was about a foot taller than her.
▪ His front left paw was broken and crawling with maggots.
▪ The tiger's front paws are its main hunting weapon.
■ VERB
hold
▪ I stared at the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw.
▪ The giant holds out a paw full of money for the barman.
▪ He held one paw forward in an awkward, unnatural way and kept licking it miserably.
▪ Then he sat back on his haunches and sniffed the air, holding his paws in the air for quiet.
▪ He held it between his paws and nibbled feebly.
▪ She held Lizzie's paw, looked into her big, brown eyes, wishing Lizzie could live for ever.
▪ They were holding paws and singing.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
grubby hands/paws/mitts
▪ Benedict imprisoned her closer, oblivious to her grubby hands caught against the pristine whiteness of his neckcloth.
▪ Every grubby penny I can get my grubby hands on, every grubby day of my grubby little life..
▪ The children are fighting under the tank, catching drips like diamonds in their grubby hands.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Get your paws off my pizza!
▪ Our dog cut his paw on a piece of metal.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He sat down and pushed at the lid with one filthy paw.
▪ His hide is removed with head and paws attached and arranged upon a rack to look alive.
▪ I stared at the eyes of a blind toy, holding its paw.
▪ Snyde came closer, reached out a paw and touched Whillan's flank strangely, casting a lingering look at it.
▪ The cat rolled on to her side, stretched, put a paw across her eyes.
▪ The researchers injected formalin into animals' paws and watched how often they licked the wound.
▪ There were paw marks on the windows.
▪ They can speak, via a whirring mechanical voice box, and they have mechanical human hands rather than paws.
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
ground
▪ Midnight came to a halt, snorting and pawing the ground.
▪ I just laid there playing dead, and he was pawing the ground, trying to get me to get up.
▪ Ahead of them, a woman of about sixty in a blue tracksuit pawed the ground in the jogger's equivalent of neutral.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ First he drank too much, then he started pawing me.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He paws at me, licks me, nuzzles me and I talk back.
▪ I watched a cat pawing at butterflies in the courtyard.
▪ Never, not even when some aroused, overweight, ugly Casanova had tried to paw her.
▪ The cat turned and looked at them, and it pawed the air.
▪ The ground was freshly pawed by deer, and the smooth black earth showed the criss-cross pattern of their hoof prints.
▪ The horses pawed, shaking their manes and switching tails, and harness jangled.
▪ There were guys coming in almost every night, groping and pawing me just because I served them a beer or two.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Paw

Paw \Paw\, v. i. To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
--Job xxxix. 21.

Paw

Paw \Paw\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pawed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pawing.]

  1. To pass the paw over; to stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or rudely.

  2. To scrape or beat with the forefoot.

    His hot courser pawed the Hungarian plane.
    --Tickell.

Paw

Paw \Paw\ (p[add]), n. [OE. pawe, poue, OF. poe: cf. patte, LG. pote, D. poot, G. pfote.]

  1. The foot of a quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc.

  2. The hand. [Jocose]
    --Dryden.

    Paw clam (Zo["o]l.), the tridacna; -- so called because shaped like an animal's paw.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
paw

c.1300, from Old French powe, poe "paw, fist," of uncertain origin. Evidence points to a Gallo-Roman root form *pauta which probably is related to the source of patten.

paw

"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).

Wiktionary
paw

Etymology 1 n. (context nonstandard or rural English) father; p

  1. Etymology 2

    n. 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 (context humorous English) A hand. Etymology 3

    v

  2. 1 (context of an animal English) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws 2 (context of an animal English) To gently push on something with a paw. 3 (context of an animal English) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot. 4 (context by extension of a human English) To touch someone (with the hands) in a sexual way. 5 (context by extension of a human English) To clumsily dig through something.

WordNet
paw
  1. v. scrape with the paws; "The bear pawed the door"

  2. touch clumsily; "The man tried to paw her"

paw
  1. n. a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped

  2. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn: hand, manus, mitt]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Paw

A paw is the soft foot of a mammal, generally a quadruped, that has claws.

Paw (band)

Paw was an American alternative rock band from Lawrence, Kansas, that was formed in 1990. The band's original lineup consisted of vocalist Mark Hennessy, guitarist Grant Fitch, bassist Charles Bryan, and drummer Peter Fitch. They released two studio albums – Dragline and Death to Traitors, the EP Home Is a Strange Place and the B-side and outtake collection Keep the Last Bullet for Yourself before disbanding in 2000. Hennessy, Grant Fitch, and later bassist Jason Magierowski reformed in 2008 for several performances.

Paw (disambiguation)

Paw may refer to:

  • Paw, the soft foot of a mammal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails
  • Paw Tracks, an independent record label based in Washington, D.C.
  • Paw (band)
  • Paw (film), a 1959 film
  • Paw Lagermann, composer, member of the popduo Infernal
  • Paw, "Parents are watching", an SMS language abbreviation

Paws may refer to:

  • Paws, Inc., the U.S. company that produces the comic strip Garfield
  • Paws (film), a 1997 Australian independent film starring Bill Connelly
  • Paws (Detroit Tigers), the mascot for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball
  • Paws (Northeastern), the mascot for the Northeastern University Huskies
  • Paws (EP), an EP by Four Tet

PAW may refer to:

  • Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, a Oneness Pentecostal organization
  • Physics Analysis Workstation
  • Plasma arc welding
  • Post Apocalyptic World
  • Princeton Alumni Weekly
  • Professional Adventure Writer
  • Project African Wilderness
  • Projector augmented wave method, a method of solid state physics to calculate the electronic structure of materials

PAWS may refer to:

  • Performing Animal Welfare Society, an advocacy group and sanctuary for abandoned or abused performing animals based in Galt, California
  • Progressive Animal Welfare Society, an organization based in Lynnwood, Washington, that rehabilitates wildlife, shelters pets, assists in pet adoption, and educates the public
  • P.A.W.S., or Pets Are Wonderful Support, a group of North American nonprofit organisations promoting pets to extend the quality of life and life-span of elderly or disabled persons
  • Philippine Animal Welfare Society, a non-governmental institution in the Philippines advocating on animal rights and welfare
  • Pakistan Animal Welfare Society, a non-governmental institution in Pakistan advocating on animal rights and welfare
  • Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome, a medical condition affecting recovering addicts during the first few months or years of their sobriety
  • Professional Adventure Writer System, a system for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer that allows to create adventures
  • Protect Against Wrapped Sequence numbers, a feature of Transmission Control Protocol
  • PAVE PAWS or Phased Array Warning System, a United States' Air Force Space Command radar system
  • Wasilla Airport (ICAO location indicator: PAWS), in Wasilla, Alaska, United States
Paw (film)

Paw (also known as Boy of Two Worlds) is a 1959 Danish film directed by Astrid Henning-Jensen.

Usage examples of "paw".

In a flash, Maximilian, Clementine, Telzey, and Emma had surrounded Ake and were licking his face and putting their massive paws on his shoulders.

As Timothy moved the craft in for a closer look, he saw the hairless Alastor balanced on his two back legs on the outcropping of stone, his front paws swatting at the bird.

He thought of the ancient legends of Ultimate Chaos, at whose centre sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demoniac flute held in nameless paws.

Han answered dryly, and he rose, and Chewie did, too, and when Dugo Bagy started to get up, Chewie put a huge paw on his shoulder and pushed him back down into his seat.

Virlane reached out and wrapped a paw around Bitsy, he suddenly had the urge to stuff a gag in her mouth, instead he just shook his head and the two of them vanished from the tower room.

Grace had no mole or blemish anywhere on her body, but the thought of being pawed and peered at by this obscene crew filled her with revulsion.

Lifting the net very cautiously, Blinky put out his paw and made a sharp tug at the whiskers.

Carefully peering into the box he saw Blinky, shuddering with fright, one paw raised, ready to scratch.

Opening my eyes I found Bossy sitting on me, eyes half closed with pleasure as her paws dug into my sweat shirt.

On the dais, Dandy Lass curtsied politely in front of the prime minister, and at a word from Centaine offered him her right paw.

She heard Cheb continue to paw through the pack, grumbling and muttering under his breath, and she smiled to herself.

Victorian-style furniture and, on a low pedestal, a neomarble statue of Clunky up on his hind legs with one paw to his brow and apparently looking far off.

He was a wild-looking animal, robust and muscular, who weighed seventeen pounds in his winter coat, which had just now molted enough to reveal stout, cobby legs and devastating paws.

It lay coiled upon what appeared to be a great bowl held high on the paws of four beasts.

With one paw the cat reached out and carelessly, almost nonchalantly, raked its extended claws across the back of the other mouse cowering in a transparent corner.