- to grind or strike (the teeth) together, especially in rage or pain.
- to bite with grinding teeth.
- to gnash the teeth.
- an act of gnashing.
Origin of gnash
Examples from the Web for gnash
Then she would stare at the child and gnash her teeth as though with hate.Allan's Wife
H. Rider Haggard
Men and women will gnash their teeth against their own children.Modern Persia
Mooshie G. Daniel
Coming back in the cars, I had a rencontre that makes me gnash my teeth yet.A Confederate Girl's Diary
Sarah Margan Dawson
With them I can with one gnash divide a knight in half at the waist.The Days of Chivalry
Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
He did so; Jeanne hearkened; and then it was Sweder's turn to gnash his teeth.The Story of Brussels
- to grind (the teeth) together, as in pain or anger
- (tr) to bite or chew as by grinding the teeth
- the act of gnashing the teeth
Word Origin and History for gnash
early 15c., variant of Middle English gnasten "to gnash the teeth" (c.1300), perhaps from Old Norse gnastan "a gnashing," of unknown origin, probably imitative. Cf. German knistern "to crackle." Related: Gnashed; gnashing.