Vex vs Gnaw - What's the difference?

vex | gnaw |

As a noun vex

is (space|esa).

As a verb gnaw is

to bite something persistently, especially something tough.




  • To trouble aggressively, to harass.
  • * 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Acts XII:
  • In that tyme Herode the kynge layed hondes on certayne of the congregacion, to vexe them.
  • To annoy, irritate.
  • Billy's professor was vexed by his continued failure to improve his grades.
  • To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.
  • (rare) To twist, to weave.
  • * Dryden
  • some English wool, vexed in a Belgian loom
  • (obsolete) To be irritated; to fret.
  • (Chapman)
  • 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

    Derived terms

    * vexed * vexer * vexingly * vexation * vexatious




  • To bite something persistently, especially something tough.
  • The dog gnawed the bone until it broke in two.
  • To produce excessive anxiety or worry.
  • Her comment gnawed at me all day and I couldn't think about anything else.
  • To corrode; to fret away; to waste.
  • Derived terms

    * gnawer * gnawable