gnawing


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gnaw

 (nô)
v. gnawed, gnaw·ing, gnaws
v.tr.
1.
a. To bite, chew on, or erode with the teeth.
b. To produce by gnawing: gnaw a hole.
c. To erode or diminish gradually as if by gnawing: waves gnawing the rocky shore.
2. To afflict or worry persistently: fear that constantly gnawed me.
v.intr.
1. To bite or chew persistently: The dog gnawed at the bone.
2. To cause erosion or gradual diminishment.
3. To cause persistent worry or pain: Hunger gnawed at the prisoners.

[Middle English gnauen, from Old English gnagan.]

gnaw′er n.

gnaw•ing

(ˈnɔ ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of a person or thing that gnaws.
2. Usu., gnawings. persistent, dull pains; pangs: the gnawings of hunger.
[1300–50]
gnaw′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

gnawing

adjective continuous, constant, endless, persistent, nagging, perpetual, continual, niggling, incessant Her exhilaration gave way to gnawing fear.

gnawing

adjective
Marked by severity or intensity:
Translations
مُزْعِج، مُضايِق
hlodající
gnavende
marcangoló
iç kemiriciüzücü

gnawing

[ˈnɔːɪŋ] ADJ
1. [sound] → persistente
2. (fig) [remorse, anxiety etc] → corrosivo; [hunger] → con retortijones; [pain] → punzante
I had a gnawing feeling that something had been forgottenme atormentaba la idea de que se había olvidado algo

gnawing

adj doubt, hunger, painnagend; fear, guilt, remorse, anxietyquälend

gnawing

[ˈnɔːɪŋ] adj (hunger, pain) → che attanaglia; (remorse, anxiety) → attanagliante; (doubt) → assillante

gnaw

(noː) verb
to bite or chew with a scraping movement. The dog was gnawing a large bone; The mice have gnawed holes in the walls of this room.
gnawing adjective
annoying; disturbing. a gnawing problem.

gnawing

adj (pain) sordo y persistente
References in classic literature ?
The grime and sordidness of the House of the Seven Gables seemed to have vanished since her appearance there; the gnawing tooth of the dry-rot was stayed among the old timbers of its skeleton frame; the dust had ceased to settle down so densely, from the antique ceilings, upon the floors and furniture of the rooms below,--or, at any rate, there was a little housewife, as light-footed as the breeze that sweeps a garden walk, gliding hither and thither to brush it all away.
On that spot, in very truth, there was, and there had long been, the gnawing and poisonous tooth of bodily pain.
And when he glanced upon the green walls of the watery defile in which the ship was then sailing, and bethought him that through that gate lay the route to his vengeance, and beheld, how that through that same gate he was now both chasing and being chased to his deadly end; and not only that, but a herd of remorseless wild pirates and inhuman atheistical devils were infernally cheering him on with their curses; --when all these conceits had passed through his brain, Ahab's brow was left gaunt and ribbed, like the black sand beach after some stormy tide has been gnawing it, without being able to drag the firm thing from its place.
Those frightful bills--how they had haunted her, each item gnawing at her soul all day and spoiling her rest at night.
Mainly they were drinking -- from entire ox horns; but a few were still munching bread or gnawing beef bones.
But it came nearer still, and still nearer--and at last it was right in the room: it was merely a mouse gnawing the woodwork.
Such a town as that has to be always moving back, and back, and back, because the river's always gnawing at it.
Tom's fearful secret and gnawing conscience dis- turbed his sleep for as much as a week after this; and at breakfast one morning Sid said:
Jealousy had got hold of him: she stung him; but the sting was salutary: it gave him respite from the gnawing fang of melancholy.
A cat was tearing at the door, and there was a sound of gnawing rats beneath the hearth-stone.
So I sat seven days and nights, being yet alive, the hungry wolves below, and hunger gnawing at my heart.
Marvel it is to all living Christian hearts that such gnawing adders should be suffered to eat into the bowels of the state, and even of the holy church herself, with foul usuries and extortions.