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Meaning of GNAW

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  1. [v]  become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
  2. [v]  bite or chew on with the teeth; "gnaw an old cracker"; "chewed on a cookie"

GNAW is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: eat at, erode, gnaw at, wear away
 See Also: bite, chew, crumble, decay, delapidate, jaw, manducate, masticate, seize with teeth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gnaw\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gnawed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Gnawing}.] [OE. gnawen, AS. gnagan; akin to D. knagen, OHG.
    gnagan, nagan, G. nagen, Icel. & Sw. gnaga, Dan. gnave, nage.
    Cf. {Nag} to tease.]
    1. 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.
             His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw.
    2. To bite in agony or rage.
             They gnawed their tongues for pain.   --Rev. xvi.
    3. To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
  2. \Gnaw\, v. i.
    To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as
    in eating or removing with the teethsomething hard, unwiedly,
    or unmanageable.
          I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain
          that ties me.                            --Sir P.
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