Wordle 809 baffles player with 'trash' word, 'I didn't even know this word'

Wordle 809 has confused a number of players with an uncommon word, but what is the meaning and definition of today's tough challenge?

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Wordle 809 has stumped a number of players who struggled to work out the tricky challenge set by the New York Times on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

Wordle players have been totally stumped by yet another tricky five-letter word as the game makers at the New York Times challenged players to solve yet another unfamiliar word. And this isn't the first time players have been thrown a curveball - as words such as; snaky, burly, beget, and cower have caused a lot of frustration for fans in the past. However, today's challenge on September 6, has posed a particularly hard challenge for fans, with many complaining that it was not a particularly common word.

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The answer to the Wordle challenge on September 6, is 'GNASH'. The word divided fans and while some figured out this challenge without breaking a sweat, others found this to be a very tricky challenge.

"Never heard of this word Wordle 809 5/6," said one player. "Couldn't solve it. I didn't even know this word Wordle 809 X/6," another agreed.

"Even the players who had heard of the word were confused. "Hard one. Wordle 809 4/6," said one player."Wordle 809 6/6 Almost folded bc wtf is this word bruh?!" said another. A third added, "Wordle 809 6/6 #wordle809 Got there but still think this is a stupid word!"

Others complained that the formation of the word meant there were too many possible answers. "Too many options. Trash word. #Wordle809 Wordle 809 6/6," said one player."#Wordle809 X/6* For f**k sake wordle," said another.

One player was totally baffled and thought that the word was the same as 'ganache.' "Wordle 809 X 4/6 I first thought this word meant that chocolate filling that's used in cakes, brownies etc but no they have different spellings of course. #Wordle809," said the confused player.

Gnash meaning

Some players struggled to solve the puzzle because there were too many letter options, but some struggled with today's challenge because they were unfamiliar with the word. So what does the word gnash mean?

Gnash is a verb meaning, 'to grind (one's teeth) together as a sign of anger (often used hyperbolically)'. For example, you could say, "No doubt he is gnashing his teeth in rage." Synonyms of this word are; grind, grate, or strike together.


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If you struggled to solve this Wordle challenge, don't worry, you are not alone! This was a particularly tough challenge that stumped a lot of players. However, if you want to improve at this game, there are a number of Wordle hacks and Wordle tricks, that may help.

If you fancy something a little different instead, there are a number of Wordle alternatives that are just like Wordle, but with a slightly different twist to keep things interesting!

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