gnash

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verb (used with object)

to grind or strike (the teeth) together, especially in rage or pain.
to bite with grinding teeth.

verb (used without object)

to gnash the teeth.

noun

an act of gnashing.

Nearby words

  1. gnamma hole,
  2. gnar,
  3. gnarl,
  4. gnarled,
  5. gnarly,
  6. gnash one's teeth,
  7. gnashers,
  8. gnat,
  9. gnat-catcher,
  10. gnatcatcher

Origin of gnash

1490–1500; variant of obsolete gnast, Middle English gnasten; compare Old Norse gnastan gnashing of teeth

Related formsgnash·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for gnashing

gnash

verb

to grind (the teeth) together, as in pain or anger
(tr) to bite or chew as by grinding the teeth

noun

the act of gnashing the teeth
Derived Formsgnashingly, adverb

Word Origin for gnash

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gnastan gnashing of teeth, gnesta to clatter

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Word Origin and History for gnashing

gnash

v.

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.

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