\ 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

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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 To champ is to gnash or bite or chew at something, especially when a horse does it. June Casagrande, Burbank Leader, "A Word, Please: Grammar blunders that have crept into regular English usage," 15 Aug. 2019 The Wolverines gnash their teeth at Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson; Gunners fans snarl over the rise of Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Stan Kroenke, Denver-based KSE accused by local Arsenal fans of “sucking the soul out of the club I love”," 16 July 2019 If Corbett wins the job and plays well, all the teeth-gnashing over the pick was for naught. Dan Labbe,, "What if Austin Corbett doesn’t win the right guard job? Cleveland Browns 19 questions," 15 July 2019 For all the teeth-gnashing about bad contracts (Mark Melancon, Evan Longoria), Posey is signed through 2021 and has seen his OPS decline from .861 to .741 to .690 over the past three seasons. Henry Schulman,, "Giants mailbag: Buster Posey’s future, state of farm system, team expectations," 24 June 2019 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

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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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gnash one's teeth



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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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