Definition of gnaw
- a dog gnawing a bone
- rats gnawed a hole
- anxiety always gnawing him
- hunger gnawing her vitals
- gnawing at his underlip
- waves gnawing away at the cliffs
The dog was gnawing a bone.
He nervously gnawed on his fingernails.
Rabbits have gnawed at the hedge.
Rabbits had gnawed a hole in the hedge.
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: to bite or chew (something) repeatedly
: to make (a hole in something) by chewing
What made you want to look up gnaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
to speak or write verbosely and windily
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