Meaning of “gnawing” in the English Dictionary

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"gnawing" in British English

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uk /ˈnɔː.ɪŋ/ us /ˈnɑː.ɪŋ/

continuously uncomfortable, worrying, or painful:

I've had gnawing doubts about this project for some time.
After three days, we felt an agonizing, gnawing hunger.

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