verb (used with object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
verb (used without object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
Origin of gnaw
Examples from the Web for gnaw
In the end, the ethical implications of using a drug to pull statements from otherwise unwilling people began to gnaw.Would Truth Serum Work on James Holmes in the Aurora Shooting Trial?|Kent Sepkowitz|March 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Upon my word, that ghastly old maid looks just like one of the long worms that will gnaw a beam through, give them time enough.Father Goriot|Honore de Balzac
So he said they would leave him in the yard to gnaw his bone, and that then he would probably go away.Jonas on a Farm in Winter|Jacob Abbott
After they got ashore, she called her dogs and let them gnaw off the feet and hands of her father while he was asleep.The Central Eskimo|Franz Boas
verb gnaws, gnawing, gnawed, gnawed or gnawn (nɔːn)
Word Origin for gnaw
Old English gnagan (past tense *gnog, past participle gnagan) "to gnaw," a common Germanic word (cf. Old Saxon gnagan, Old Norse, Swedish gnaga, Middle Dutch, Dutch knagen, Old High German gnagan, German nagen "to gnaw"), probably imitative of gnawing. Related: Gnawed; gnawing.