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Etymology 1

From Middle English pawe, from Old French poue, poe, from Frankish *pōta (compare Dutch poot, Low German Pote, German Pfote), from Frankish *pōtōn (to put, stick, plant) (compare Dutch poten 'to plant'), from Proto-Germanic *putōną (compare Old English potian (to push), pȳtan (to put out, poke out), Icelandic pota (to stick), Albanian putër 'paw'). More at put.


  • (UK) enPR: , IPA(key): /pɔː/
  • Rhymes: -ɔː
  • (US) enPR: , IPA(key): /pɔ/
  • (cotcaught merger) enPR: , IPA(key): /pɑ/
  • Homophones: poor (non-rhotic with cure-force merger), pore, pour (non-rhotic with horse-hoarse merger), pa (with cot-caught and father-bother mergers)
  • Hyphenation: paw (one syllable)


paw (plural paws)

  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.
    Synonyms: hand, foot
    Hypernym: extremity
    Meronyms: claw, finger
    Holonym: limb
  2. (humorous) A hand.
Coordinate terms
  • hoof, talon
Derived terms
  • catpaw
  • cat's paw
  • pawpad
  • pawprint


paw (third-person singular simple present paws, present participle pawing, simple past and past participle pawed)

  1. (of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws.
    Hypernym: handle
  2. (of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
    Hypernym: touch
  3. (of an animal) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
    • #*
      He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
  4. (by extension) To touch someone in a sexual way.
    • 1997 August 17, Robert Spector, in
      IronMan used to be good in this way, back in the '80s. [] They wouldn't subscribe to the old, "Let's put a male bodybuilder with silicone babes pawing him" cover that's mainstay now.
    • 1997 October 26, Verbotene, quoted by Amy McWilliams, in
      So, Katherine was out with Luke and they were both quite dolled up and swoon-worthy. Katherine fawned all over Luke and pawed him, but to what end? Was Stefan supposed to believe that Luke and Katherine have some sort of a thing going? What was the point of this display from Katherine's perspective?
    • 2002 July 18, Lurker Dave, in rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe:
      Subtlety is great, but what exactly happened with Jessica and the cop during sex that he locked her up afterwards? Also, what was the item she nicked from his shirt while she pawed him?
  5. (by extension) To clumsily dig through something.
  6. (transitive, dated) To flatter.
See also
  • palpate
  • paw off

Etymology 2

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


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


paw (plural paws)

  1. (nonstandard or rural) Father; pa.
    Synonyms: pawpaw, pa, papa, father, dad, daddy, pappy
    Hypernym: parent
    Hyponym: step-paw
    Coordinate terms: maw, brother, sis, sissy
Derived terms
  • pawpaw
Related terms
  • pa


  • APW, AWP, PWA, WAP, WPA, wap



Borrowed from Burmese ဖော့ (hpau.)



  1. cork


  • Kurabe, Keita (2016-12-31) , “Phonology of Burmese loanwords in Jinghpaw”, in Kyoto University Linguistic Research[2], volume 35, DOI:10.14989/219015, ISSN 1349-7804, pages 91–128

Lower Sorbian


From Proto-Slavic *pavъ (peacock), borrowed from Latin pavō. Cognates within Slavic include Upper Sorbian paw, Polish paw, Czech páv, Slovene pav, and Russian павли́н (pavlín).


  • IPA(key): /paw/


paw (feminine equivalent pawa)

  1. peacock (pheasant of one of the genera Pavo and Afropavo)


Further reading

  • paw in Ernst Muka/Mucke (St. Petersburg and Prague 1911–28): Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow / Wörterbuch der nieder-wendischen Sprache und ihrer Dialekte. Reprinted 2008, Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.
  • paw in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.



From Old High German phāwe, from Latin pāvō.


  • IPA(key): /paf/


paw m anim

  1. (male) peacock
  2. (colloquial) puke; vomit


Derived terms

  • (adjectives) pawi, dumny jak paw
  • (verbs) puścić pawia, puszyć się jak paw

Further reading

  • paw in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • paw in Polish dictionaries at PWN

  • to draw the forefoot along the ground.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)