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Definition of gnaw:

  1. To bite in agony or rage.
  2. 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.
  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.

Synonyms:

chew, eat away, eat at, chomp, champ, bite, whittle away, attack, gnash, wear off, fret, masticate, corrode, champ, eat, gnaw at, ingestion, wear, whittle down, bite, erode, wear away.

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