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Definition of Gnaw


  1. To bite, as something hard or tough, which is not readily separated or crushed; to bite off little by little, with effort; to wear or eat away by scraping or continuous biting with the teeth; to nibble at.
  2. To bite in agony or rage.
  3. To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
  4. To use the teeth in biting; to bite with repeated effort, as in eating or removing with the teethsomething hard, unwiedly, or unmanageable.

Gnaw Quotations

Cash - in savings accounts, short-term CDs or money market deposits - is great for an emergency fund. But to fulfill a long-term investment goal like funding your retirement, consider buying stocks. The more distant your financial target, the longer inflation will gnaw at the purchasing power of your money.
Suze Orman

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
Henry David Thoreau

I keep going over a sentence. I nag it, gnaw it, pat and flatter it.
Janet Flanner

My understanding is, the fans are so ravenous in Canada, they gnaw on the stars.
William Shatner

It's really hard when people write nasty things about you all the time. As much as good things are said about you, it's always those one or two bad comments that really stay with you and gnaw at you. I try not to read that stuff if I can.
Jordin Sparks
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Gnaw Translations

gnaw in Dutch is knagen
gnaw in French is ronger
gnaw in German is abnagen, nagen, nage
gnaw in Norwegian is gnage, nage
gnaw in Portuguese is roer
gnaw in Spanish is roer
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