\ 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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Other Words from gnash

gnash noun

Examples of gnash in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "In Sydney, the Magic Hour Means Noise. It’s Heavenly to Hear.," 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,, "Garcia: Brehm’s runoff challenger will make competence the central issue," 11 Mar. 2020 National television commentators gnashed their teeth in frustration, their digital maps unmoving. The Economist, "Iowa’s false start The bungling of the Iowa caucuses may harm the Democrats’ nominee," 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,, "What does the Browns record need to be in the season’s first half? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 2 July 2019 People gnashed their teeth and complained, but Valve’s vision won in the end. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Half-Life: Alyx is a full-length VR prequel coming in 2020, and Valve Index owners get it free," 21 Nov. 2019 So, what caused The Don to gnash his veneers this time? Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Trump Targets Joy Reid In Latest Attack On A Black Woman," 16 Sep. 2019 Not to wallow, or gnash my teeth, or cry woe and sadness about the whole situation., "Bury FC Is Functionally Dead. What Next?," 28 Aug. 2019 For those of you gnashing your teeth over this, relax. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Hey, that guy in the Lakers uniform looks familiar," 24 Aug. 2019

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

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gnash.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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