Definition of paw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    paw

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] paw somebody (sometimes humorous) to touch somebody in a rough sexual way that they find offensive
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French poue, probably of Germanic origin and related to Dutch poot.
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