gnashed; gnashing; gnashes

transitive verb

: to strike or grind (the teeth) together
gnash noun

Examples of gnash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The paintings that appeared on eBay in the fall of 2012 featured skeletal figures with frenzied eyes, blocky crowns, and gnashing rows of teeth. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, 31 Jan. 2024 His fans will love it, his detractors will automatically gnash their teeth and mourn the art form, and, like so much of Snyder’s back catalog, Chapter 1 (subtitle: A Child of Fire) will likely become an event movie for all the wrong reasons. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2023 Others embraced the glaring lights of studio cameras and endured the shouted questions from the roiling mass of reporters, a many-armed creature of gnashing teeth and cell phones held aloft. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2023 The 3-year-old otter was gnashing its teeth and biting its carrier, per WPTV. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2023 So while the outside is a fuzzy, soft exterior that dogs love, the interior stands up well to gnawing and gnashing. Hannah Jones, Country Living, 1 Aug. 2023 In the past decade these experts have been gnashing their teeth at his proof. Manon Bischoff, Scientific American, 28 July 2023 There is also an explosion of what look like giant grape vines (also wood-like), out of the pods of which erupt a crew of beasties: a gnashing cyclops, a gnashing griffin, and more gnashers. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 15 Mar. 2023 The face is more graven these days, but the gnashing grin and the wry tone of his delivery are unchanged, as is Dafoe’s knack for wrong-footing us; his wicked characters are as hard to dislike as his virtuous ones are to trust. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


alteration of Middle English gnasten

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gnash was in the 15th century

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“Gnash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to strike or grind (as the teeth) together

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