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gnaw

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Verb

Infinitive
to gnaw

Third person singular
gnaws

Simple past
gnawed

Past participle
gnawed or gnawn

Present participle
gnawing

to gnaw (third-person singular simple present gnaws, present participle gnawing, simple past gnawed, past participle gnawed or gnawn)
  1. (transitive) To bite something persistently.
    • Her teeth gnawed at me all night, keeping me twisting and turning from pain.
      We saw that the dog had been gnawing' on the bone.
  2. (intransitive) To produce excessive anxiety or worry.
    • Her comment gnawed at me all night, keeping me twisting and turning in bed.

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