gnaw at

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of gnaw at

: to be a source of worry or concern to (someone)
  • This problem has been gnawing at me day and night.
  • She says she's fine, but I can see that something is gnawing at her.

Word by Word Definitions

gnaw play
  1. : to bite or chew on with the teeth

  2. : to make by gnawing

  3. : to be a source of vexation to : plague


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