verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- gnamma hole,
- gnash one's teeth,
Origin of gnash
Examples from the Web for gnashing
There is weeping and gnashing of teeth in Blue State America today.
His face was covered with blood, and he was snarling and gnashing his fangs like a wild boar.Before Adam|Jack London
A remarkable tendency to gnashing of the teeth is sometimes observed.
He stood there rolling his eyes and gnashing his teeth, looking huge and awful in those shadows, looking like a devil from hell.The Virgin of the Sun|H. R. Haggard
A moment more, and to Miranda it seemed that the leafy shores ran by her, that the gnashing phalanx of the waves sprang up at her.The Heart of the Ancient Wood|Charles G. D. Roberts
Carruthers dragged the girl away just in time to escape the gnashing teeth.
Word Origin 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.