- a sensation of dull, constant pain or suffering
- [pl.] pangs, esp. of hunger
The definition of a gnawing is a dull, constant pain, or hunger pains.
An example of a gnawing is a continuous pain in the elbow.
- Present participle of gnaw.
- A sensation of being gnawed
- She stared at her feet, gnawing on her lower lip.
- A rat, he declared, was gnawing at the pit of his stomach.
- One thought had been gnawing at her consciousness since the first time she suspected him of being involved in drugs.
- It is also fond of gnawing the bark of young trees, and thus often does great damage to plantations.
- RODENTIA, or Glires, an order of placental mammals characterized by the peculiar form and structure of their front or incisor teeth, which are reduced to a single functional chisellike pair in each jaw, specially adapted for gnawing, and growing throughout the entire life of their owners.