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gnawverb [I + prep, T]

uk   /nɔː/  us   /nɑː/

gnaw verb [I + prep, T] (BITE)

to bite or chew something repeatedly, usually making a hole in it or gradually destroying it: Babies like to gnaw hard objects when they're teething. A dog lay under the table, gnawing on a bone.

gnaw verb [I + prep, T] (FEEL WORRIED)

to make you feel worried or uncomfortable: I've been gnawed by guilt about not replying to her letter yet. The feeling that I've forgotten something has been gnawing at me all day.
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Translations of “gnaw”
in Arabic يَقرِض…
in Korean 갉아먹다…
in Malaysian menggerogot…
in French ronger…
in Turkish kemirmek, küçük küçük ısırmak…
in Italian rodere, rosicchiare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咬, 咬,嚙,啃(通常指啃出孔洞或逐漸啃壞)…
in Russian грызть, глодать…
in Polish obgryzać, gryźć…
in Vietnamese gặm…
in Spanish roer…
in Portuguese roer…
in Thai แทะ…
in German zernagen…
in Catalan rosegar…
in Japanese ガリガリかじる…
in Indonesian menggigiti…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咬, 咬,啮,啃(通常指啃出孔洞或逐渐啃坏)…
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