Origin of gnawing
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 gnawing
You have taken to gnawing on dried pasta, the only thing left in your larder after days of gorging.So You Are Enduring a Temporarily Paralyzing Winter Storm|Kelly Williams Brown|February 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the whole time they have a gnawing feeling in the back of their minds: Am I being a good parent by letting them do this?Steve James and Christopher Nowinski Talk the New Doc ‘Head Games’|Kevin Fallon|September 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Before I got fired I was gnawing at the edges of my expressiveness or my brazenness.
But to-night it had an almost startling appropriateness, breaking in as if in direct response to her gnawing hunger of the heart.A Spirit in Prison|Robert Hichens
The old man looked very haggard, for his internal wolf was gnawing.Lady Maude's Mania|George Manville Fenn
There was a gnawing dread in his mind that they might be lodged in a fissure of an unscalable cliff.His Unknown Wife|Louis Tracy
But Can you allay a gnawing conscience, Or bind up bleeding reputation?Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
A gnawing rat might have made something like the noise of the drill biting its way.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man|Marie Conway Oemler
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.