gnawings

gnawing

[naw-ing]
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that gnaws.
2.
Usually, gnawings. persistent, dull pains; pangs: the gnawings of hunger.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English; see gnaw, -ing1

gnawingly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To gnawings
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

gnaw
O.E. gnagan (pt. *gnog, pp. gnagan), a common Gmc. word (cf. O.S. gnagan, O.N. gnaga, M.Du. knagen, Ger. nagen), probably imitative of gnawing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature