Gnaw - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |nɔː|  American pronunciation of the word gnaw
Brit.  |nɔː|  British pronunciation of the word gnaw


- bite or chew on with the teeth

gnaw an old cracker

- become ground down or deteriorate (syn: erode)


The dog was gnawing a bone.

He nervously gnawed on his fingernails.

Rabbits have gnawed at the hedge.

Rabbits had gnawed a hole in the hedge.

The rabbits escaped by gnawing (away) at the fence until they had made a hole big enough to get through.

Sorrow is gnawing at my heart.

Dexter gnawed his pen thoughtfully.

A rat had gnawed a hole in the box.

The puppy was gnawing on a bone.

Mice gnaw.

enchained demons strained in anger to gnaw on his bones

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gnaw
he/she/it: gnaws
present participle: gnawing
past tense: gnawed
past participle: gnawed
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