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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 ?
I was ashamed (even now, perhaps, I am ashamed): I got to the point of feeling a sort of secret abnormal, despicable enjoyment in returning home to my corner on some disgusting Petersburg night, acutely conscious that that day I had committed a loathsome action again, that what was done could never be undone, and secretly, inwardly gnawing, gnawing at myself for it, tearing and consuming myself till at last the bitterness turned into a sort of shameful accursed sweetness, and at last--into positive real enjoyment!
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.
Great obligations do not make grateful, but revengeful; and when a small kindness is not forgotten, it becometh a gnawing worm.
It chanced one day, as Peter sat Gnawing a crust--his usual meal-- Paul bustled in to have a chat, And grasped his hand with friendly zeal.
What is this gnawing of conscience I am feeling now?" she thought.
The huge height of the buildings, running up to ten and fifteen storeys, the narrow arched entries that continually vomited passengers, the wares of the merchants in their windows, the hubbub and endless stir, the foul smells and the fine clothes, and a hundred other particulars too small to mention, struck me into a kind of stupor of surprise, so that I let the crowd carry me to and fro; and yet all the time what I was thinking of was Alan at Rest-and-be-Thankful; and all the time (although you would think I would not choose but be delighted with these braws and novelties) there was a cold gnawing in my inside like a remorse for something wrong.
That peasant with the long waist seemed to be gnawing something on the wall, the old lady began stretching her legs the whole length of the carriage, and filling it with a black cloud; then there was a fearful shrieking and banging, as though someone were being torn to pieces; then there was a blinding dazzle of red fire before her eyes and a wall seemed to rise up and hide everything.
There had been no useless gnawing. The thong was cut across, diagonally, almost as clean as though done by a knife.
Others, again and those best able to appreciate the minister's peculiar sensibility, and the wonderful operation of his spirit upon the body -- whispered their belief, that the awful symbol was the effect of the ever-active tooth of remorse, gnawing from the inmost heart outwardly, and at last manifesting Heaven's dreadful judgment by the visible presence of the letter.
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:
The chamber rang with applause and as there was nothing better to do than to allay the fears of the people by our example we went our ways with smiles upon our faces and sorrow gnawing at our hearts.
We do not toy with sharp swords nor hug a gnawing fox to our breast for choice.