Definitions for gnaw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gnaw(verb)

    bite or chew on with the teeth

    "gnaw an old cracker"

  2. erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at, wear away(verb)

    become ground down or deteriorate

    "Her confidence eroded"

GCIDE

  1. Gnaw(v. t.)

    To trouble in a constant manner; to plague; to worry; to vex; -- usually used with at; as, his mounting debts gnawed at him.

  2. Origin: [OE. gnawen, AS. gnagan; akin to D. knagen, OHG. gnagan, nagan, G. nagen, Icel. & Sw. gnaga, Dan. gnave, nage. Cf. Nag to tease.]

Wiktionary

  1. gnaw(Verb)

    To bite something persistently.

  2. gnaw(Verb)

    To produce excessive anxiety or worry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gnaw(verb)

    to bite, as something hard or tough, which is not readily separated or crushed; to bite off little by little, with effort; to wear or eat away by scraping or continuous biting with the teeth; to nibble at

  2. Gnaw(verb)

    to bite in agony or rage

  3. Gnaw(verb)

    to corrode; to fret away; to waste

  4. Gnaw(verb)

    to use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teethsomething hard, unwiedly, or unmanageable

  5. Origin: [OE. gnawen, AS. gnagan; akin to D. knagen, OHG. gnagan, nagan, G. nagen, Icel. & Sw. gnaga, Dan. gnave, nage. Cf. Nag to tease.]

Anagrams of gnaw »

  1. wang, Wang

  2. Ngwa

  3. Wang


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