- 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 gnashing
There is weeping and gnashing of teeth in Blue State America today.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth at home when I decided to accept it.The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
He looked back and there was a corpse running and gnashing its teeth.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
The English came on, four to one, gnashing their teeth like devils of the pit.Fort Amity
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He was scowling, gnashing his teeth, and brandishing his arms.Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate
Charles M. Skinner
He sat looking at it, gnashing his teeth together, and clenching his fists.Cousin Henry
- 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 gnashing
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.