from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The foot of an animal, especially a quadruped, that has claws or nails.
- n. Informal A human hand, especially a large clumsy one: "Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water” ( John Steinbeck).
- transitive v. To strike with the paw or paws.
- transitive v. To strike or scrape with a beating motion: The bull pawed the ground before charging.
- transitive v. To handle clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity. See Synonyms at touch.
- intransitive v. To scrape the ground with the forefeet: The horse pawed restlessly.
- intransitive v. To handle someone or something clumsily, rudely, or with too much familiarity: Don't paw at everything you see.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Father; pa.
- n. The soft foot of a mammal or other animal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails; comparable to a human hand or foot.
- v. To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
- v. To gently push on something with a paw.
- v. To touch someone (with the hands) in a sexual way.
- v. To clumsily dig through something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The foot of a quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc.
- n. The hand.
- intransitive v. To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
- transitive v. To pass the paw over; to stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or rudely.
- transitive v. To scrape or beat with the forefoot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hand or foot of an animal which has nails or claws: distinguished from hoof: as, a monkey's paw; the paws of a cat, dog, rat, etc. In many animals the fore feet, and in some the hind feet, are prehensile, and serviceable as hands.
- n. The human hand, especially when large or coarse, or when awkwardly used.
- To draw the fore foot along the ground; scrape with the fore foot.
- To scrape with the fore foot; strike with a drawing or scraping action of the fore foot.
- To handle roughly or clumsily, as with paws.Johnson.
- To fawn upon, as a spaniel upon his master.
- n. A trick.
- To secure or stop the motion of (a capstan, windlass, or ratchet-wheel) with a pawl.
- Improper; nasty; obscene.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. touch clumsily
- n. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
- v. scrape with the paws
- n. a clawed foot of an animal especially a quadruped
Middle English pawe, from Old French powe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The word probably has an origin in baby talk: see ‘pa’. (Wiktionary)
From the noun paw, meaning an animal's hand or foot. (Wiktionary)