When your child disobeys you for the millionth time and you are filled with great anger and you grind your teeth together in frustration, this is an example of gnash.
- to grind or strike (the teeth) together, as in anger or pain
- to bite by grinding the teeth
Origin of gnashEarly Modern English for earlier gnast from Middle English gnasten, probably from Old Norse gn?sta, to gnash (the teeth), gnastan, to gnash, probably from Indo-European an unverified form ghnei- from base an unverified form ghen- from source gnaw
transitive verbgnashed, gnash·ing, gnash·es
- To grind or strike (the teeth, for example) together.
- To bite (something) by grinding the teeth.
Origin of gnashAlteration of Middle English gnasten, gnaisten possibly of Scandinavian origin Old Norse gnastan a gnashing
(third-person singular simple present gnashes, present participle gnashing, simple past and past participle gnashed)
From Middle English gnasten. Origin unknown; the word is probably either Germanic or onomatopoeic. Compare Old Norse gnastan, German knirschen, German Low German gnirschen, gnörschen.