Meaning of “gnaw” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “gnaw” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gnaw verb (BITE)

[ I/T ] to bite or chew something repeatedly:

[ I ] The cat began to gnaw at the towel beneath him.

gnaw verb (FEEL ANXIOUS)

adjective us /ˈnɔ·ɪŋ/

He has gnawing doubts about his loyalties.

(Definition of “gnaw” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)