gnaw

  • 1 Gnaw — is the name of a Sharkticon, in the fictional Transformers universe.It is also a chewing action that most rodents do.Generation 1Transformers character name =Gnaw caption =Wheelie and Gnaw affiliation =Decepticon subgroup =Sharkticons rank =… …

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  • 2 gnaw´er — gnaw «n», verb, gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw|ing. –v.t. 1. to bite at and wear away: »A mouse has gnawed the cover of this box. 2. to make by biting: »A rat can gnaw a hole through wood …

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  • 3 gnaw — [no: US no:] v [I,T always + adverb/preposition] [: Old English; Origin: gnagan] to keep biting something hard = ↑chew ▪ Dexter gnawed his pen thoughtfully. ▪ A rat had gnawed a hole in the box. gnaw at/on ▪ The puppy was gnawing on a bone. gnaw… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 gnaw — [ nɔ ] verb intransitive or transitive to keep biting something: David gnawed his lip, obviously worried. A rat had gnawed through the cable. gnaw ,at or ,gnaw a way at phrasal verb transitive gnaw (away) at someone if something gnaws at you, you …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 Gnaw — Gnaw, v. i. To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teeth something hard, unwieldy, or unmanageable. [1913 Webster] I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me. Sir P.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 gnaw — O.E. gnagan (pt. *gnog, pp. gnagan) to gnaw, a common Germanic word (Cf. O.S. gnagan, O.N., Swed. gnaga, M.Du., Du. knagen, O.H.G. gnagan, Ger. nagen to gnaw ), probably imitative of gnawing. Related: Gnawed; gnawing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 gnaw — [nô] vt. gnawed, gnawed or Rare gnawn, gnawing [ME gnawen < OE gnagen, akin to Ger nagen (OHG gnagan) < IE * ghnēgh < base * ghen , to gnaw away, rub away > GNASH, GNAT] 1. to cut, bite, and wear away bit by bit with the teeth 2. to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 gnaw — [v1] bite, chew champ, chaw, chomp, consume, corrode, crunch, devour, eat, eat away, erode, gum, masticate, munch, nibble, wear; concepts 169,185 gnaw [v2] be bothered, worried about annoy, bedevil, beleague, distress, eat at*, fret, harass,… …

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  • 10 gnaw — index obsess, pique Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 11 gnaw — vb *bite, champ, gnash Analogous words: fret, *abrade: *worry, annoy …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 gnaw — ► VERB 1) bite at or nibble persistently. 2) cause persistent anxiety or pain. DERIVATIVES gnawingly adverb. ORIGIN Old English, ultimately imitative …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 gnaw at — verb become ground down or deteriorate (Freq. 1) Her confidence eroded • Syn: ↑erode, ↑gnaw, ↑eat at, ↑wear away • Derivationally related forms: ↑wearing away ( …

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  • 14 gnaw at — phrasal verb gnaw at or gnaw away at [transitive] Word forms gnaw at : present tense I/you/we/they gnaw at he/she/it gnaws at present participle gnawing at past tense gnawed at past participle gnawed at gnaw (away) at someone if something gnaws… …

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  • 15 gnaw — be·gnaw; gnaw; gnaw·er; gnaw·ing·ly; …

    English syllables

  • 16 gnaw — [[t]nɔ͟ː[/t]] gnaws, gnawing, gnawed 1) VERB If people or animals gnaw something or gnaw at it, they bite it repeatedly. [V at/on n] Woodlice attack living plants and gnaw at the stems... [V n] Melanie gnawed a long, painted fingernail. Syn …

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  • 17 gnaw — verb (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) to keep biting something hard (+ away/at/on): Val gnawed at her fingernails. | gnaw sth: a dog gnawing a bone | gnaw a hole in sth: A rat had gnawed a hole in the box. gnaw at sb phrasal verb (T)… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 gnaw — UK [nɔː] / US [nɔ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms gnaw : present tense I/you/we/they gnaw he/she/it gnaws present participle gnawing past tense gnawed past participle gnawed to keep biting something David gnawed his lip, obviously… …

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  • 19 gnaw — [[t]nɔ[/t]] v. t. 1) to bite or chew on, esp. persistently: The kitten gnawed the slippers[/ex] 2) to wear away or remove by persistent biting 3) to form by gnawing: to gnaw a hole[/ex] 4) to waste or wear away 5) to trouble or torment by… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 gnaw — v. (d; intr.) to gnaw (away) at * * * [nɔː] (d; intr.) to gnaw (away) at …

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