gnawing

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Adjective[edit]

gnawing (comparative more gnawing, superlative most gnawing)

  1. (of pain or hunger) severe or intense

Verb[edit]

gnawing

  1. Present participle of gnaw.

Noun[edit]

gnawing (plural gnawings)

  1. A sensation of being gnawed
    • 1836, American Anti-Slavery Society, The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4[1]:
      The spirit of slavery raves under tormenting gnawings, and casts about in blind phrenzy for something to ease, or even to mock them.
    • 1893, Marietta Holley, Samantha at the World's Fair[2]:
      "If I made them suffer the pains of exile, I would not let them endure also the gnawings of starvation.
    • 1917, Julian Street, American Adventures[3]:
      But from the time we returned from our first journey, after having spent some months in trying, as some one put it, to "discover America," I felt the gnawings of excited appetite.

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