The word probably has an origin in : see ‘pa’ .
(nonstandard, or, rural) Father; pa.
* (father :) pawpaw, pa, papa, father, dad, daddy, pappy
* (father :) parent
* (father :) step-paw
* maw, brother, sis/sissy
(etyl) pawe'', from (etyl) '' *''p?ta'' (compare Dutch ''poot'', Low German Pote, German ''Pfote''), from *''p?ton'' 'to put, stick, plant' (compare Dutch ''poten'' 'to plant'), from (etyl) 'paw'), Ancient Greek "????". More at put.
The soft foot of a mammal or other animal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails; comparable to a human hand or foot.
(humorous) A hand.
- Get your grubby paws off my things!
* (of a mammal :) hand, foot
* (foot of a mammal :) limb extremity
* claw, finger
* hoof, talon
* paw (verb )
From the noun paw'', meaning ''an animal's hand or foot .
(of an animal) To go through something (such as a garbage can) with paws
(of an animal) To gently push on something with a paw.
(of an animal) To draw the forefoot along the ground; to beat or scrape with the forefoot.
* Bible, Job xxxix. 21
(by extension, of a human) To touch someone (with the hands) in a sexual way.
* August 17 1997 , Robert Spector, in misc.fitness.weights :
- He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.
* October 26 1997 , Verbotene, quoted by Amy McWilliams, in rec.arts.tv.soaps.abc :
- IronMan used to be good in this way, back in the '80s. They wouldn't subscribe to the old, "Let's put a male bodybuilder with silicone babes pawing him" cover that's mainstay now.
* July 18 2002 , Lurker Dave, in rec.arts.comics.marvel.universe :
- So, Katherine was out with Luke and they were both quite dolled up and swoon-worthy. Katherine fawned all over Luke and pawed him, but to what end? Was Stefan supposed to believe that Luke and Katherine have some sort of a thing going? What was the point of this display from Katherine's perspective?
(by extension, of a human) To clumsily dig through something.
- Subtlety is great, but what exactly happened with Jessica and the cop during sex that he locked her up afterwards? Also, what was the item she nicked from his shirt while she pawed him?
* (to go through something with paws) handle
* (to gently push on something) touch
* paw off
From (etyl) .
To lower the head or body in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
To lower (something) into water; to thrust or plunge under liquid and suddenly withdraw.
To go under the surface of water and immediately reappear; to plunge one's head into water or other liquid.
- Adams, after ducking the squire twice or thrice, leaped out of the tub.
To lower (the head) in order to prevent it from being struck by something.
- In Tiber ducking thrice by break of day.
- (Jonathan Swift)
To evade doing something.
To lower the volume of (a sound) so that other sounds in the mix can be heard more clearly.
* 2007 , Alexander U. Case, Sound FX: unlocking the creative potential of recording studio effects (page 183)
- The learned pate / Ducks to the golden fool.
- The music is ducked under the voice.
* (to lower the head) duck down
* (to lower into the water) dip, dunk
* (to lower in order to prevent it from being struck by something) dip
* duck and cover
* duck out
From (etyl) ducke, dukke, doke, dokke, douke, duke, from (etyl) duce, .
An aquatic bird of the family Anatidae, having a flat bill and webbed feet.
Specifically'', an adult female duck; ''contrasted with'' drake ''and with duckling.
(uncountable) The flesh of a duck used as food.
(cricket) A batsman's score of zero after getting out. (short for duck's egg, since the digit "0" is round like an egg.)
(slang) A playing card with the rank of two.
A partly-flooded cave passage with limited air space.
A building intentionally constructed in the shape of an everyday object to which it is related.
* 2007 , Cynthia Blair, "It Happened on Long Island: 1988—Suffolk County Adopts the Big Duck," , 21 Feb.:
- A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly.
A marble to be shot at with another marble (the shooter) in children's games.
(US) A cairn used to mark a trail.
- The Big Duck has influenced the world of architecture; any building that is shaped like its product is called a ‘duck ’.
* (bird) Anas platyrhynchos (domesticus), Mallard-derived domestic breeds, including Pekin, Rouen, Campbell, Call, Runner; Cairina moschata, Muscovy duck
* break one’s duck, break the duck
* Burdekin duck
* dabbling duck
* decoy duck
* diving duck
* ducks and drakes
* ducks on the pond
* hunt where the ducks are
* lame duck
* Lord love a duck
* odd duck
* Peking duck
* rubber duck
* sitting duck
* take to something like a duck to water
* Weisenberg, Michael (2000)
The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
From (etyl) doek, from (etyl) doeck, .
* (l), (l) (Scotland)
A tightly-woven cotton fabric used as sailcloth.
* 1912 , , "The Woman At The Store", from Selected Short Stories :
Trousers made of such material.
*1918 , (Rebecca West), The Return of the Soldier , Virago 2014, p. 56:
*:And they would go up and find old Allington, in white ducks , standing in the fringe of long grasses and cow-parsley on the other edge of the island […].
- He was dressed in a Jaeger vest—a pair of blue duck trousers, fastened round the waist with a plaited leather belt.
(central England). From (etyl) .
A term of endearment; pet; darling.
Dear, mate (informal way of addressing a friend or stranger).
- And hold-fast is the only dog, my duck (William Shakespeare - The Life of King Henry the Fifth, Act 2, Scene 3).
- Ay up duck , ow'a'tha?
* ay up me duck