Meaning of “paw” in the English Dictionary

"paw" in British English

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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.

[ C usually plural ] informal humorous a human hand:

Take your filthy paws off my nice clean towel!

More examples

  • The dog hurt its paw.
  • She gave a little whimper as the vet inspected her paw.
  • He keeps a rabbit's paw as a lucky charm.
  • Lost: black cat with white paws.
  • His front paws are white.


uk /pɔː/ us /pɑː/

(Definition of “paw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"paw" in American English

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pawnoun [ C ]

us //

the foot of an animal, such as a cat, dog, or bear, that has claws or nails

pawverb [ I/T ]

us //

infml A person who paws someone else feels or touches the other person, often in a sexual way that is too forceful.

(Definition of “paw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)