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paw

Noun

1 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]

Verb

1 scrape with the paws; "The bear pawed the door"
2 touch clumsily; "The man tried to paw her"

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English

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Etymology 1

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

Pronunciation

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

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Etymology 2

From the word pawe, from the word powe.

Pronunciation

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

Noun

  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.
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  • (foot of a mammal:) limb extremity
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Translations
soft foot of an animals
  • Croatian: šapa
  • Czech: packa
  • Dutch: poot
  • Finnish: tassu, käpälä
  • French: patte
  • German: Pfote
  • Japanese: 足の裏
  • Latvian: ķepa
  • Lithuanian: letena
  • Polish: łapa
  • Portuguese: pata
  • Romanian: labă
  • Russian: лапа
  • Spanish: pata
  • Telugu: పంజా (panjaa)
  • Turkish: pati, ayak, pençe

Etymology 3

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

Pronunciation

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

Verb

  1. In the context of "of an animal": To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
  2. In the context of "of an animal": To gently push on something with a paw.
  3. In the context of "by extension|of a human": To clumsily dig through something.
Hypernyms
  • (to go through something with paws:) handle
  • (to gently push on something:) touch
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Translations
to go through something
to gently push on something
  • Japanese: 足で押す
to clumsily dig through something
  • Japanese: 穴を掘る

Polish

Noun

  1. peacock (male)

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paw in German: Pfote
paw in French: patte
paw in Japanese: 肉球
paw in Norwegian: Labb
paw in Portuguese: Pata
paw in Chinese: 肉球

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