gnawing

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From the verb gnaw: (⇒ conjugate)
gnawing is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gnaw•ing  (nôing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of a person or thing that gnaws.
  2. Usually,  gnawings. persistent, dull pains;
    pangs:the gnawings of hunger.
gnawing•ly, adv. 
  • 1300–50; Middle English; see gnaw, -ing1

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
gnaw /nɔ/USA pronunciation   v.,  gnawed, gnawed or gnawn, gnaw•ing. 
  1. to bite or chew on, esp. for a long time without stopping: [+ object]The dog gnawed the bone.[no object]The dog gnawed at the bone.
  2. to wear away or remove by biting for a long time:[+ object]The mice gnawed the paint off the walls.
  3. to form or make by biting or chewing for a long time:[+ object]to gnaw a hole.
  4. to trouble;
    vex;
    plague:[+ at]Her mistake gnawed at her conscience.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
gnaw  (nô),USA pronunciation v.,  gnawed, gnawed  or gnawn, gnaw•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. to bite or chew on, esp. persistently.
  2. to wear away or remove by persistent biting or nibbling.
  3. to form or make by so doing:to gnaw a hole through the wall.
  4. to waste or wear away;
    corrode;
    erode.
  5. to trouble or torment by constant annoyance, worry, etc.;
    vex;
    plague.

v.i. 
  1. to bite or chew persistently:The spaniel gnawed happily on a bone.
  2. to cause corrosion:The acid gnaws at the metal.
  3. to cause an effect resembling corrosion:Her mistake gnawed at her conscience.
gnawa•ble, adj. 
gnawer, n. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English gnawen, Old English gnagen; cognate with German nagen, Old Norse gnāga

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
gnaw /nɔː/ vb (gnaws, gnawing, gnawed, gnawed, gnawn /nɔːn/)
  1. when intr, often followed by at or upon: to bite (at) or chew (upon) constantly so as to wear away little by little
  2. (transitive) to form by gnawing: to gnaw a hole
  3. to cause erosion of (something)
  4. when intr, often followed by at: to cause constant distress or anxiety (to)
n
  1. the act or an instance of gnawing
Etymology: Old English gnagan; related to Old Norse gnaga, Old High German gnagan

ˈgnawing adj , n
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