\ ˈnash How to pronounce gnash (audio) \
gnashed; gnashing; gnashes

Definition of gnash

transitive verb

: to strike or grind (the teeth) together

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gnash noun

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Other times, Venom just takes over completely, turning Eddie into a hulking, black-and-white monster with gnashing teeth and a penchant for eating people’s heads. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Venom is a bizarre and baffling mess," 3 Oct. 2018 New Yorkers are no doubt gnashing their teeth in envy. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Prada! Gaultier! James Veloria Brings Its Fabulous ’90s Vintage to Opening Ceremony L.A.," 30 July 2018 And even as both parties gnash their teeth over Russia, politicians and experts alike seem to be in denial about mistakes made in the past and the lessons to be learned from them. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018 Such is not the case in Okkervil River songs, where singer-songwriter Will Sheff has time and again returned to the throat in song, often to violent, gnawing and gnashing ends. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Okkervil River’s Will Sheff examines his throat — and heart — on band’s new album," 23 May 2018 Al Gore’s razor-thin loss to George W. Bush in 2000 still conjures teeth-gnashing angst among Democrats. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "Can a Democrat newly famous for losing turn defeat into political gold?," 8 Jan. 2018 Oh, how the liberal gatekeepers gnash their teeth at my provocations! Drew Magary, GQ, "A Field Guide to Bad Conservative Hair," 21 Apr. 2018 Under heavy throttle, especially up long hills, the four-cylinder engine gnashes away up front. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid: Put simply, it’s complicated," 19 Apr. 2018 Those criticisms, however, when coupled with the next two, provide all the necessary ammunition to a fan base gnashing its collective teeth. LSU didn’t just beat Arkansas, 33-10. Eric Bolin, ajc, "Let’s just say it: This Arkansas football team stinks," 11 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of gnash

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnash

alteration of Middle English gnasten

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\ ˈnash How to pronounce gnash (audio) \
gnashed; gnashing

Kids Definition of gnash

: to strike or grind (the teeth) together He gnashed his teeth in anger.

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