Definition of gnawing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnô.iNG/


Persistently worrying or distressing: that gnawing pain in her stomach gnawing doubts
More example sentences
  • The self-hatred grew into a constant, gnawing pain.
  • Here was a little piece of miserable, gnawing confirmation.
  • I suspect both sides have enlisted troops to satisfy gnawing uncertainties.



Example sentences
  • A truly abusive home life is one of grinding cruddiness where the threat of violence is more gnawingly powerful than the beatings themselves.
  • Here one feels only abandonment and the gnawingly desperate hope that it will not always be so empty.
  • To play it was mesmerizing in what I felt to be a gnawingly unpleasant way, like taking time and just flushing it down the toilet.

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Syllabification: gnaw·ing

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