Definition of declaw in English:


Pronunciation /dēˈklô/ /diˈklɔ/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Remove the claws from.

    • ‘A better vet later gently declawed this poor cat and her life was better for it.’
    • ‘Of course, declawed cats should be indoor-only pets and you should be very careful mixing them with cats that still have their claws.’
    • ‘I've always been horrified by the idea of declawing a cat (even a housecat), but if she doesn't take a shine to the kid, it could get nasty.’
    • ‘I have zero desire to declaw this cat (he's old and fat, plus it's just mean).’
    • ‘If your cat has not been declawed, you'll need to remove the hooks on the ends of the claws.’
    • ‘He had already been declawed and neutered by a past owner as well.’
    • ‘The tigers at ALS are declawed on their front paws and so could not have gained a ‘toe-hold’ on a fully closed window through the use of a claw.’
    • ‘‘We feel that it is one of the surgeries that people take very much for granted,’ says Luke, noting that many owners bring in their kittens to be declawed as a matter of routine.’
    • ‘I have four cats of my own, none of then declawed, and my upholstery and curtains are intact and my rugs unsnagged.’
    • ‘Some owners request otherwise unnecessary surgical procedures in an effort to make their animals more suitable as pets, although even declawed and defanged animals are still highly dangerous.’
    • ‘My vet said I only have two options - to get rid of Fred or have him declawed - neither of which I want to do!’
    • ‘Also, I finally had to get the cat declawed, and that upset the hell out of me for some reason.’
    • ‘Someone should have told Courtney Love to have her cat declawed… he ruined her dress!’
    • ‘Wildlife officials are setting traps for the declawed leopard, but so far no luck.’
    1. 1.1Make harmless or less threatening.
      ‘the Grimms' fairy tales were declawed beyond recognition’
      • ‘Just like this fluffy film, the original concept diluted by even more assistants, and entirely declawed of the dated, sarcastic meanness that made Garfield appealing decades time ago.’
      • ‘Until UC can get its brightest stars to get degrees and chase basketballs instead of money, the Bearcats will remain in their current declawed state.’
      • ‘By the time a financial crisis declawed the Asian tigers in 1997-98, the U.S. economy was in the middle of its technology boom.’
      • ‘In the longer view, poor grass-growing conditions - a frigid winter followed by a dry spring - have declawed the rough.’
      • ‘The President of the US hasn't quite gone the way of the various present day monarchies that have been politically declawed and have been figureheads now for centuries.’
      • ‘We shouldn't be surprised that the Tories are warming up to our metropolis just when they need ways to declaw the Liberals.’



/dēˈklô/ /diˈklɔ/