from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of papaw.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An American deciduous tree, Asimina triloba, having edible fruit.
  • n. The fruit of this tree.
  • n. Grandfather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as papaya.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Naughty.
  • Improper; naughty; indecent; obscene: a nursery word.
  • n. See papaw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tropical American shrub or small tree having huge deeply palmately cleft leaves and large oblong yellow fruit
  • n. small tree native to the eastern United States having oblong leaves and fleshy fruit
  • n. fruit with yellow flesh; related to custard apples


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  • Funny--I think I learned it when watching the Disney version of The Jungle Book--the sound track of which, strangely enough, I listened to this morning on my drive to work. Ah, youth....

    January 18, 2008

  • Pawpaw is a word that I first encountered on the Captain Kangaroo show when I was very young, in the early 1950s. It was found in the context of a traditional folk song called Way Down Yonder in the Pawpaw Patch.

    January 18, 2008