Claw - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klɔː|  American pronunciation of the word claw
Brit.  |klɔː|  British pronunciation of the word claw


- sharp curved horny process on the toe of a bird or some mammals or reptiles
- a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something (syn: hook)
- a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods (syn: chela, nipper, pincer)
- a bird's foot


- move as if by clawing, seizing, or digging
- clutch as if in panic
- scratch, scrape, pull, or dig with claws or nails
- attack as if with claws


The eagle was carrying a mouse in its sharp claws.

The excavating machine's claw dug into the earth.

How can we stop the cat from clawing the drapes?

The dog clawed a hole in the carpet.

She tried to claw his face with her fingernails.

The cat dug his claws into my leg.

The cat keeps clawing at the rug.

Claw me and I'll claw thee.

They clawed their way to the top of the mountain

She clawed the doorknob

The politician clawed his rival

undoubtedly the grimmest part of him was his iron claw

In the meantime his generals will want to claw back some of their old influence.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: claw
he/she/it: claws
present participle: clawing
past tense: clawed
past participle: clawed
singular: claw
plural: claws
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