- 1[intransitive, transitive] (of an animal) to scratch or touch something repeatedly with a paw paw at something The dog pawed at my sleeve. paw something The stallion pawed the ground impatiently.
- 2[transitive] paw somebody (sometimes humorous) to touch somebody in a rough sexual way that they find offensive Word Origin Middle English: from Old French poue, probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch poot.
BrE BrE//pɔː//; NAmE NAmE//pɔː//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paw
BrE BrE//pɔː//; NAmE NAmE//pɔː//he / she / it paws
BrE BrE//pɔːz//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːz//past simple pawed
BrE BrE//pɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːd//past participle pawed
BrE BrE//pɔːd//; NAmE NAmE//pɔːd//-ing form pawing
BrE BrE//ˈpɔːɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːɪŋ//