What does gnaw mean?

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"


  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.]


  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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gnaw

    naw, v.t. to bite so as to make a noise with the teeth: to bite off by degrees: to corrode or wear away: to bite in agony or rage: (fig.) to torment.—v.i. to use the teeth in biting.—n. Gnaw′er, a rodent. [A.S. gnagan; cf. Dut. knagen, Ice. naga, prov. Eng. nag, to tease.]

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Anagrams for gnaw »

  1. wang, Wang

  2. Ngwa

  3. Wang


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gnaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Emo Phillips:

    Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.

  2. Joe Manimbo:

    It was surprisingly poor and I think coming on the heels of the Chicago PMI it suggests the stronger dollar was starting to gnaw at the U.S. economy.

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