gnaw: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nô), [key]
— v., gnawed, gnawed gnawn, gnaw•ing.
  1. to bite or chew on, esp. persistently.
  2. to wear away or remove by persistent biting or nibbling.
  3. to form or make by so doing: to gnaw a hole through the wall.
  4. to waste or wear away; corrode; erode.
  5. to trouble or torment by constant annoyance, worry, etc.; vex; plague.
  1. to bite or chew persistently: The spaniel gnawed happily on a bone.
  2. to cause corrosion: The acid gnaws at the metal.
  3. to cause an effect resembling corrosion: Her mistake gnawed at her conscience.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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