Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PAWING

Mr. Hungerford, pawing in the darkness at the offending footstool, swore.

Somebody's been pawing this all over, and the prints are probably spoilt.

He's been pawing the air ever since Crew cabled, and this has blown him up completely.

If so, it came quickly unstuck, and the bull emerged, pawing and snorting.

For a time the best sheep-dog in the North was pawing at the Gate of Death.

The war-horse, saddled and bridled, is pawing the earth and neighing.

Where'd any of us be, if the Representative from this county got to pawing the air for reform?

The horse of a mounted field officer was pawing the garden turf.

And Davies and I were pawing one another in the dark of the cabin.

The horses were tossing their heads, pawing the ground, and acting restive.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French powe, poe "paw, fist," of uncertain origin. Evidence points to a Gallo-Romance root form *pauta which probably is related to the source of patten.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.