gnash

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gnasten. Origin unknown; the word is probably either Germanic or onomatopoeic. Compare Old Norse gnastan, German knirschen, German Low German gnirschen, gnörschen (gnash).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /næʃ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æʃ

Verb[edit]

gnash (third-person singular simple present gnashes, present participle gnashing, simple past and past participle gnashed)

  1. (transitive) To grind (one's teeth) in pain or in anger.
    gnashing your teeth
  2. (transitive) To grind between the teeth.
    to gnash the air in fury
    The dog was gnashing a carpet
  3. (figuratively) To clash together violently.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      There they were, boiling up in snowy spouts of spray, smiting and gnashing together like the gleaming teeth of hell.
  4. (Tyneside) To run away.

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Noun[edit]

gnash (plural gnashes)

  1. A sudden snapping of the teeth.

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