PAW, n. [L. pes, pedis; Eng. foot.]1. The foot of beasts of prey having claws, as the lion, the tiger, the dog, cat, &c. Lev.11.2. The hand; in contempt.
PAW, n. [W. pawen, a paw, a hoof; Arm. pau; Hindoo, pauw; Pers. پَايْ pai, the foot; perhaps contracted from pad or pat, as the Dutch have poot, and the Fr. patte. If so, the word coincides in elements with L. pes, pedis, Gr. πους, Eng. foot, Gr. πατεω.]
- The foot of beasts of prey having claws, as the lion, the tiger, the dog, cat, &c. – Lev. xi.
- The hand; in contempt. – Dryden.
To draw the fore foot along the ground; to scrape with the fore foot; as, a fiery horse, pawing with his hoof. – Swift.
He paweth in the valley. – Job xxxix.
- To scrape with the fore foot.
His hot courser paw'd th' Hungarian plain. – Tickel.
- To handle roughly; to scratch.
- To fawn; to flatter. – Ainsworth.
- The foot of a
quadruped having claws, as the lion, dog, cat, etc.
- To draw the forefoot
along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
- To pass the paw over] to
stroke or handle with the paws; hence, to handle fondly or
- The hand.
- To scrape or beat with the