- 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 gnashed
As Palestinians rejoiced, Israeli settlers in Gush Etzion wept and gnashed their teeth.Google ‘Palestine’—It Exists, And So Do Palestinians
June 4, 2013
She gnashed her white tusks, and dug into the sand with her brazen claws.The Gorgon's Head
They gnashed their teeth silently, and clutched their swords under their coats.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
Maddened at this direct accusation, the Sanhedrists "gnashed on him with their teeth."Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
Rage could not speak, but gnashed his teeth and stamped his feet.The Infernal Marriage
She gnashed her white tusks and dug into the sand with her brazen claws.
- 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 gnashed
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.