Definition of gnash
: to strike or grind (the teeth) together
Recent Examples of gnash from the Web
Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods has triggered a fresh wave of teeth-gnashing over the robotic replacement of supermarket cashiers and warehouse workers.
As night fell, rain began, the sea got rougher, and the planks of the hull gnashed against each other.
There has been much teeth gnashing over the new early signing period that will happen from Dec. 20-22 and the fact starting next April, college juniors can start taking official recruiting visits.
Respondents to a new report from the Pew Research Center, the Washington Post recently noted, all but rent their hair and gnashed their teeth in answer to simple questions about future job prospects.
In Logan, Hugh Jackman is a growling, stumbling, gnashing, clawing mass of near-dead, sinewy muscle.
Poor Mike has to be gnashing his teeth watching his former slugs playing with the consistency and conviction that eluded Yeo so often during his tenure in Minnesota.
Tears and teeth gnashing ensued as PeopleSoft was gutted.
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Origin and Etymology of gnash
alteration of Middle English gnasten
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of gnash for Students
: to strike or grind (the teeth) together He gnashed his teeth in anger.
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