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paw

noun uk   /pɔː/ us    /pɑː/
B2 [C] the foot of an animal that has claws or nails, such as a cat, dog, or bear: I found paw prints in the kitchen.
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[C usually plural] informal humorous a human hand: Take your filthy paws off my nice clean washing!
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paw

verb uk   /pɔː/ us    /pɑː/
[I or T] to touch something with a paw: When their dog heard them it began pawing (at) the ground in excitement. [T] informal to feel or touch someone roughly with the hands, especially in an unpleasant sexual way
Translations of “paw”
in Korean 발톱…
in Arabic قَدم الحيَوان, مَخلَب…
in French patte…
in Turkish pençe…
in Italian zampa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 爪,爪子, 手…
in Russian лапа…
in Polish łapa…
in Spanish pata, garra (gato), zarpa (león)…
in Portuguese pata…
in German die Pfote…
in Catalan pota, garra…
in Japanese (猫や犬などの)足, 手…
in Chinese (Simplified) 爪,爪子, 手…
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