Gnide meaning

(obsolete) To rub (usually with or between the hands); bruise; crush; pound; break in pieces; rub out.
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(intransitive, obsolete) To crumble away.
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Origin of gnide

  • From Middle English gniden, from Old English gnīdan (“to rub, grind together, crumble”), from Proto-Germanic *gnīdaną (“to rub”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰneidʰ-, *gʰneid- (“to gnaw, chew, scratch, rub”). Cognate with Danish gnide (“to rub”), Swedish gnida (“to rub, scrape”), Icelandic gníða (“to rub”).
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