- IPA: /nɔː/
gnaw (gnaws, present participle gnawing; past gnawed, past participle gnawed)
- (ambitransitive) To bite something persistently, especially something tough.
- The dog gnawed the bone until it broke in two.
- 1592-94?, Shakespeare, Richard III (play), Act I, Scene iv, line 25:
- Ten thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon;
- (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.
- French: ronger
- German: nagen, kauen, knabbern
- Italian: rodere, rosicchiare, mordicchiare, rosicare
- Portuguese: roer, morder
- Russian: грызть
- Spanish: roer