Meaning of “paw” in the English Dictionary

"paw" in British English

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uk /pɔː/ us /pɑː/


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

(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)