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

Definition of gnash

transitive verb

: to strike or grind (the teeth) together

Other Words from gnash

gnash noun

Examples of gnash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite that increase, there’s bad news for those poor souls who wring their hands and gnash their teeth over trade deficits. Ken Roberts, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The research, published in Communications Biology, notes that Ferromirum oukherbouchi, a bizarre-looking shark with large eyes and a short snout, had a jaw that actually rotated to allow for the shark's newer teeth to gnash at its prey's flesh. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2020 Parents, while gnashing their teeth trying to balance work and home schooling, have also remarked at the small joys that come with no commuting and a chance to knock off early. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Austin, 51,now has become the sole hope for local Republicans who have gnashed their teeth for the past two years while Brehm has subjected the party to one embarrassment after another. Gilbert Garcia,, 11 Mar. 2020 National television commentators gnashed their teeth in frustration, their digital maps unmoving. The Economist, 4 Feb. 2020 The week-to-week reactionary nature of the NFL will lend itself to some heavy teeth-gnashing if the Browns are, say, 3-4 heading to Denver. Dan Labbe,, 2 July 2019 People gnashed their teeth and complained, but Valve’s vision won in the end. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, 21 Nov. 2019 So, what caused The Don to gnash his veneers this time? Breanna Edwards, Essence, 16 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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