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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [klaw]
    • /klɔ/
    • /klɔː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klaw]
    • /klɔ/

Definitions of claw word

  • countable noun claw The claws of a bird or animal are the thin, hard, curved nails at the end of its feet. 3
  • countable noun claw The claws of a lobster, crab, or scorpion are the two pointed parts at the end of its legs which are used for holding things. 3
  • verb claw If an animal claws at something, it scratches or damages it with its claws. 3
  • verb claw To claw at something means to try very hard to get hold of it. 3
  • verb claw If you claw your way somewhere, you move there with great difficulty, trying desperately to find things to hold on to. 3
  • verb claw If someone claws their way to a successful position, they achieve it with great determination in spite of many difficulties. 3

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Origin of claw

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English clawu; cognate with Old High German chlō(a), akin to Dutch klauw, German Klaue; (v.) Middle English clawen, Old English claw(i)an, derivative of clawu (noun); akin to Dutch klauwen, German klauen

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Parts of speech for Claw


claw popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for claw

noun claw

  • tentacle — Zoology. any of various slender, flexible processes or appendages in animals, especially invertebrates, that serve as organs of touch, prehension, etc.; feeler.
  • paw — father; pa.
  • talon — a claw, especially of a bird of prey.
  • nipper — a person or thing that nips.
  • crook — A crook is a dishonest person or a criminal.

verb claw

  • scratch — to break, mar, or mark the surface of by rubbing, scraping, or tearing with something sharp or rough: to scratch one's hand on a nail.
  • dig — to break up, turn over, or remove earth, sand, etc., as with a shovel, spade, bulldozer, or claw; make an excavation.
  • rip — to cut or tear apart in a rough or vigorous manner: to rip open a seam; to rip up a sheet.
  • itch — to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected: My nose itches.
  • tear — the act of tearing.

Antonyms for claw

verb claw

  • mend — to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
  • wait — to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive.
  • hide — Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
  • heal — to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment.
  • fix — to repair; mend.

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