Gnawed
Gnaw Gnaw (n[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gnawed} (n[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gnawing}.] [OE. gnawen, AS. gnagan; akin to D. knagen, OHG. gnagan, nagan, G. nagen, Icel. & Sw. gnaga, Dan. gnave, nage. Cf. {Nag} to tease.] 1. To bite, as something hard or tough, which is not readily separated or crushed; to bite off little by little, with effort; to wear or eat away by scraping or continuous biting with the teeth; to nibble at. [1913 Webster]

His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To bite in agony or rage. [1913 Webster]

They gnawed their tongues for pain. --Rev. xvi. 10. [1913 Webster]

3. To corrode; to fret away; to waste. [1913 Webster]

4. To trouble in a constant manner; to plague; to worry; to vex; -- usually used with at; as, his mounting debts gnawed at him. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • gnaw — gnawable, adj. gnawer, n. /naw/, v., gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnawing. v.t. 1. to bite or chew on, esp. persistently. 2. to wear away or remove by persistent biting or nibbling. 3. to form or make by so doing: to gnaw a hole through the wall. 4.… …   Universalium

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