gnaw Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “gnaw” in the English Dictionary

"gnaw" in British English

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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 ​graduallydestroying it: Babies like to gnaw hard ​objects when they're ​teething. A ​doglay under the ​table, gnawing on a ​bone.

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

to make you ​feelworried or ​uncomfortable: I've been gnawed byguilt about not ​replying to her ​letteryet. The ​feeling that I've ​forgotten something has been gnawing at me all ​day.
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(Definition of gnaw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gnaw" in American English

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gnaw verb (BITE)

[I/T] to ​bite or ​chew something ​repeatedly: [I] The ​catbegan to gnaw at the ​towel beneath him.

gnaw verb (FEEL ANXIOUS)

[I always + adv/prep] to ​cause someone to ​feelcontinualanxiety or ​pain
adjective  us   /ˈnɔ·ɪŋ/
He has gnawing ​doubts about his loyalties.
(Definition of gnaw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “gnaw”
in Korean 갉아먹다…
in Arabic يَقرِض…
in Malaysian menggerogot…
in French ronger…
in Russian грызть, глодать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 咬, 咬,嚙,啃(通常指啃出孔洞或逐漸啃壞)…
in Italian rodere, rosicchiare…
in Turkish kemirmek, küçük küçük ısırmak…
in Polish obgryzać, gryźć…
in Spanish roer…
in Vietnamese gặm…
in Portuguese roer…
in Thai แทะ…
in German zernagen…
in Catalan rosegar…
in Japanese ガリガリかじる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 咬, 咬,啮,啃(通常指啃出孔洞或逐渐啃坏)…
in Indonesian menggigiti…
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