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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

(nɔː)
vb, gnaws, gnawing, gnawed, gnawed or gnawn (nɔːn)
1. (when: intr, often foll by at or upon) to bite (at) or chew (upon) constantly so as to wear away little by little
2. (tr) to form by gnawing: to gnaw a hole.
3. to cause erosion of (something)
4. (when: intr, often foll by at) to cause constant distress or anxiety (to)
n
the act or an instance of gnawing
[Old English gnagan; related to Old Norse gnaga, Old High German gnagan]
ˈgnawable adj
ˈgnawer n
ˈgnawing adj, n
ˈgnawingly adv

gnaw

(nɔ)

v.t.
1. to bite or chew on, esp. persistently: The kitten gnawed the slippers.
2. to wear away or remove by persistent biting.
3. to form by gnawing: to gnaw a hole.
4. to waste or wear away.
5. to trouble or torment by constant annoyance; vex; plague.
v.i.
6. to bite or chew persistently.
7. to cause corrosion.
8. to cause an effect resembling corrosion: Her mistake gnawed at her conscience.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English gnagen, c. Old Saxon gnagan, Old High German (g)nagan, Old Norse gnaga]
gnaw′a•ble, adj.
gnaw′er, n.

gnaw


Past participle: gnawed/gnawn
Gerund: gnawing

Imperative
gnaw
gnaw
Present
I gnaw
you gnaw
he/she/it gnaws
we gnaw
you gnaw
they gnaw
Preterite
I gnawed
you gnawed
he/she/it gnawed
we gnawed
you gnawed
they gnawed
Present Continuous
I am gnawing
you are gnawing
he/she/it is gnawing
we are gnawing
you are gnawing
they are gnawing
Present Perfect
I have gnawed/gnawn
you have gnawed/gnawn
he/she/it has gnawed/gnawn
we have gnawed/gnawn
you have gnawed/gnawn
they have gnawed/gnawn
Past Continuous
I was gnawing
you were gnawing
he/she/it was gnawing
we were gnawing
you were gnawing
they were gnawing
Past Perfect
I had gnawed/gnawn
you had gnawed/gnawn
he/she/it had gnawed/gnawn
we had gnawed/gnawn
you had gnawed/gnawn
they had gnawed/gnawn
Future
I will gnaw
you will gnaw
he/she/it will gnaw
we will gnaw
you will gnaw
they will gnaw
Future Perfect
I will have gnawed/gnawn
you will have gnawed/gnawn
he/she/it will have gnawed/gnawn
we will have gnawed/gnawn
you will have gnawed/gnawn
they will have gnawed/gnawn
Future Continuous
I will be gnawing
you will be gnawing
he/she/it will be gnawing
we will be gnawing
you will be gnawing
they will be gnawing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gnawing
you have been gnawing
he/she/it has been gnawing
we have been gnawing
you have been gnawing
they have been gnawing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gnawing
you will have been gnawing
he/she/it will have been gnawing
we will have been gnawing
you will have been gnawing
they will have been gnawing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gnawing
you had been gnawing
he/she/it had been gnawing
we had been gnawing
you had been gnawing
they had been gnawing
Conditional
I would gnaw
you would gnaw
he/she/it would gnaw
we would gnaw
you would gnaw
they would gnaw
Past Conditional
I would have gnawed/gnawn
you would have gnawed/gnawn
he/she/it would have gnawed/gnawn
we would have gnawed/gnawn
you would have gnawed/gnawn
they would have gnawed/gnawn
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gnaw - bite or chew on with the teeth; "gnaw an old cracker"
chew, manducate, masticate, jaw - chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth; "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"
bite, seize with teeth - to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
2.gnaw - become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
decay, dilapidate, crumble - fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"

gnaw

verb
1. bite, chew, nibble, munch Woodlice attack living plants and gnaw at the stems.
2. distress, worry, trouble, harry, haunt, plague, nag, fret Doubts were already gnawing away at the back of his mind.
3. erode, consume, devour, eat away or into, wear away or down This run of bad luck has gnawed away at his usually optimistic character.

gnaw

verb
1. To seize, as food, with the teeth:
2. To consume gradually, as by chemical reaction or friction:
Translations
يَقرِض، يَقضِم بِصَوت عالي
hryzatokousávat
gnave
jäytääjyrsiäkalvaa
glodati
rágrágcsál
naga
graužiantis
grauzt
hrýzť
glodatipreglodati se
kemirmek

gnaw

[nɔː]
A. VT (= chew, also fig) → roer, carcomer
gnawed by doubts/hungeratormentado por las dudas/el hambre
B. VIroer
to gnaw throughroer or carcomer haciendo un agujero en
to gnaw at (lit, fig) → roer
gnaw off VT + ADVroer

gnaw

[ˈnɔː] vt
(= chew) → ronger
to gnaw at sb [guilt, doubt] → ronger qn
gnaw away
vi [fear, feeling] → ronger
to gnaw away at sb → ronger qn

gnaw

vtnagen an (+dat); fingernails alsokauen an (+dat); (rust, disease)fressen an (+dat); holenagen; (fig) person (hunger, anxiety)quälen; (remorse)verzehren; to gnaw something offetw abnagen; the box had been gnawed by the ratsdie Ratten hatten die Kiste angenagt
vinagen; to gnaw at somethingan etw (dat)nagen; (rust, disease)sich durch etw fressen; to gnaw at somebody (fig)jdn quälen; to gnaw on somethingan etw (dat)nagen; to gnaw through somethingetw durchnagen

gnaw

[nɔː]
1. vt (chew) → rosicchiare, rodere (fig) (subj, remorse) → rodere; (hunger, pain) → tormentare
2. vi to gnaw throughrosicchiare da una parte all'altra
to gnaw at → rosicchiare (fig) → rodere

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.
References in classic literature ?
What could it be that gnawed the breast of Roderick Elliston?
The Mouse, passing that way, and seeing that his benefactor was helpless, gnawed off his tail.
The bees must have worked at very nearly the same rate on the opposite sides of the ridge of vermilion wax, as they circularly gnawed away and deepened the basins on both sides, in order to have succeeded in thus leaving flat plates between the basins, by stopping work along the intermediate planes or planes of intersection.
Considering how flexible thin wax is, I do not see that there is any difficulty in the bees, whilst at work on the two sides of a strip of wax, perceiving when they have gnawed the wax away to the proper thinness, and then stopping their work.
But the rough wall of wax has in every case to be finished off, by being largely gnawed away on both sides.
I drank a great deal of it and, moved by an impulse, gnawed some fronds of red weed; but they were watery, and had a sickly, metallic taste.
But though I gnawed parts of these in my mouth, there was nothing to be got from them.
From her breast she plucked it, Parbati the thief, Saw the Least of Little Things gnawed a new-grown leaf
they swam the river, they gnawed their way through the thick stone walls, and ate him alive where he sat.
Apple Daily: Woman dies in slum home, body gnawed by rats
It added: "Pieces of gnawed crisps packaging were observed amongst rodent droppings on the shelving.
A MOUSE-INFESTED Middlesbrough food store has been closed after inspectors found droppings and gnawed food inside.