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Definition of gnaw verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

gnaw

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verb
BrE BrE//nɔː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɔː//
 
[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gnaw
BrE BrE//nɔː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɔː//
 
he / she / it gnaws
BrE BrE//nɔːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɔːz//
 
past simple gnawed
BrE BrE//nɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɔːd//
 
past participle gnawed
BrE BrE//nɔːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//nɔːd//
 
-ing form gnawing
BrE BrE//ˈnɔːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnɔːɪŋ//
 
 
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to keep biting something or chewing it hard, so that it gradually disappears gnaw something The dog was gnawing a bone. gnaw through something Rats had gnawed through the cable. gnaw at/on something She gnawed at her fingernails. gnaw away at/on something (figurative) Self-doubt began to gnaw away at her confidence. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin Old English gnagen, of Germanic origin; related to German nagen, ultimately imitative. Phrasal Verbsgnaw at somebody
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