verb (used with object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
verb (used without object), gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw·ing.
Origin of gnaw
Related Words for gnawnnibble, eat, chomp, annoy, bedevil, nag, irritate, haunt, crunch, erode, consume, munch, gum, corrode, devour, masticate, wear, champ, chaw, distress
Examples from the Web for gnawn
Historical Examples of gnawn
On the east side a strange section of gray lava and ash is gnawn into caves.At Last
Nor could they find a bundle in a handkerchief, which they would have gnawn through speedily.The Open Air
Neither shrink thou at the gnawn tables that await thee; the fates will find a way, and Apollo aid thy call.The Aeneid of Virgil
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.