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gnash

[nash] /næʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to grind or strike (the teeth) together, especially in rage or pain.
2.
to bite with grinding teeth.
verb (used without object)
3.
to gnash the teeth.
noun
4.
an act of gnashing.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; variant of obsolete gnast, Middle English gnasten; compare Old Norse gnastan gnashing of teeth
Related forms
gnashingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for gnash

gnash

/næʃ/
verb
1.
to grind (the teeth) together, as in pain or anger
2.
(transitive) to bite or chew as by grinding the teeth
noun
3.
the act of gnashing the teeth
Derived Forms
gnashingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse gnastan gnashing of teeth, gnesta to clatter
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Word Origin and History for gnash
v.

early 15c., variant of Middle English gnasten "to gnash the teeth" (c.1300), perhaps from Old Norse gnastan "a gnashing," of unknown origin, probably imitative. Cf. German knistern "to crackle." Related: Gnashed; gnashing.

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gnash in the Bible

Heb. harak, meaning "to grate the teeth", (Job 16:9; Ps. 112:10; Lam. 2:16), denotes rage or sorrow. (See also Acts 7:54; Mark 9:18.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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