From Old English gnagan, from Proto-Germanic *gnaganą. Cognate with Dutch knagen, German nagen, Swedish gnaga.
- IPA(key): /nɔː/
- Rhymes: -ɔː
- Homophone: nor (in non-rhotic accent)
gnaw (third-person singular simple present gnaws, present participle gnawing, simple past gnawed, past participle gnawed or gnawn)
- (transitive) To bite something persistently, especially something tough.
- The dog gnawed the bone until it broke in two.
- (intransitive) To produce excessive anxiety or worry.
- Her comment gnawed at me all day and I couldn't think about anything else.
- To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
to bite something persistently
- Icelandic: naga (is)
- Italian: rodere (it), rosicchiare, mordicchiare, rosicare (it)
- Japanese: 齧る (かじる, kajiru)
- Latin: rōdō
- Latvian: kost (lv), krimst
- Macedonian: гриза impf (grizá)
- Maori: ngūngū
- Occitan: rodejar
- Old Church Slavonic: грꙑзти impf (gryzti)
- Polish: gryźć (pl) impf
- Portuguese: roer (pt), morder (pt)
- Romanian: roade (ro)
- Russian: грызть (ru) impf (gryztʹ), глодать (ru) impf (glodátʹ)
- Sardinian: rodere, arroere, roere
- Cyrillic: глодати impf
- Roman: glodati (sh) impf
- Slovak: hlodať impf, hrýzť impf
- Slovene: gristi (sl) impf
- Spanish: roer (es)
- Swedish: gnaga
- Turkish: kemirmek (tr)
- Ukrainian: гризти impf (hrýzty)
to produce anxiety or worry