Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GNYAUVE, v. Also gnyaave. n.Sc. forms of Eng. gnaw (Sc. 1889 Ellis E.E.P. V. 779). See P.L.D. §§ 136, 137, 141.2. Pa.t. †gnew. [(g)n(j)ɑ:v] Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore 38:
Tuggling an' struggling how to get him free, . . . Till wi' the grips he was baith black an' blue, At last in twa the dowie raips he gnew.
Abd. 1923 R. L. Cassie Heid or Hert xii.:
She wis terrible waukrife, tee, an' ilka 'oor seemed like a day. Naething bit deid quaetness an' gnyauvin' at the hert.
Bch. 1924 Scots Mag. (Sept.) 439:
“Gnyauvin' banes”, aching limbs.
Cai.7 1953:
At's wur dowg gnauvan a bon.

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