gnawn

[ nawn ]
/ nɔn /

verb

a past participle of gnaw.

Related forms

un·gnawn, adjective

Definition for gnawn (2 of 2)

gnaw

[ naw ]
/ nɔ /

verb (used with object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.

verb (used without object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.

Origin of gnaw

before 1000; Middle English gnawen, Old English gnagen; cognate with German nagen, Old Norse gnāga

Related forms

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Examples from the Web for gnawn

  • On the east side a strange section of gray lava and ash is gnawn into caves.

    At Last|Charles Kingsley
  • Neither shrink thou at the gnawn tables that await thee; the fates will find a way, and Apollo aid thy call.

  • Nor could they find a bundle in a handkerchief, which they would have gnawn through speedily.

    The Open Air|Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for gnawn

gnaw

/ (nɔː) /

verb gnaws, gnawing, gnawed, gnawed or gnawn (nɔːn)

(when intr, often foll by at or upon) to bite (at) or chew (upon) constantly so as to wear away little by little
(tr) to form by gnawingto gnaw a hole
to cause erosion of (something)
(when intr, often foll by at) to cause constant distress or anxiety (to)

noun

the act or an instance of gnawing

Derived Forms

gnawable, adjectivegnawer, noungnawing, adjective, noungnawingly, adverb

Word Origin for gnaw

Old English gnagan; related to Old Norse gnaga, Old High German gnagan
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