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Meaning of “gnaw” in the English Dictionary

"gnaw" in British English

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gnawverb [I + prep, T]

uk   /nɔː/  us   /nɑː/
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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of gnaw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gnaw" in American English

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gnawverb

 us   //
  • 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
gnawing
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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