Gnaw

Definition of Gnaw

Pronunciation: nạ
v. t.1.To bite, as something hard or tough, which is not readily separated or crushed; to bite off little by little, with effort; to wear or eat away by scraping or continuous biting with the teeth; to nibble at.
[imp. & p. p. Gnawed (nạd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gnawing.]
His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw.
- Dryden.
2.To bite in agony or rage.
They gnawed their tongues for pain.
- Rev. xvi. 10.
3.To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
4.To trouble in a constant manner; to plague; to worry; to vex; - usually used with at; as, his mounting debts gnawed at him.
v. i.1.To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teeth something hard, unwieldy, or unmanageable.
I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me.
- Sir P. Sidney.

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