Vex vs Gnaw - What's the difference?
As a noun vex
As a verb gnaw is
to bite something persistently, especially something tough.
To trouble aggressively, to harass.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts XII:
To annoy, irritate.
- In that tyme Herode the kynge layed hondes on certayne of the congregacion, to vexe them.
To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.
(rare) To twist, to weave.
- Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.
(obsolete) To be irritated; to fret.
- some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom
To toss back and forth; to agitate; to disquiet.
* Alexander Pope
- White curl the waves, and the vexed ocean roars.
* (to annoy) agitate, irritate
* (to cause mental suffering) afflict, torment
To bite something persistently, especially something tough.
To produce excessive anxiety or worry.
- The dog gnawed the bone until it broke in two.
To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
- Her comment gnawed at me all day and I couldn't think about anything else.