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gaunt

[gawnt]
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adjective, gaunt·er, gaunt·est.
  1. extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated.
  2. bleak, desolate, or grim, as places or things: a gaunt, windswept landscape.

Origin of gaunt

1400–50; late Middle English, probably < Old French gaunet, jaunet yellowish, derivative of gaune, jaune yellow < Latin galbinus greenish-yellow
Related formsgaunt·ly, adverbgaunt·ness, noun

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1. lean, spare, scrawny, lank, angular, rawboned. See thin.

Antonyms

1. stout.

Gaunt

[gawnt, gahnt]
noun
  1. John of. John of Gaunt.
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Examples from the Web for gaunt

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  • Her long, gaunt fingers pulled and worked at the knots, but all in vain.

  • He was tall and gaunt, and his deeply graven face was framed by grizzled hair.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The other three seniors, attracted by the scene, came back, and waited with Gaunt.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • And Gaunt, who was standing by, and knew it also, telegraphed a significant look to Huntley.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • It was simply a bare, gaunt, famished skeleton, slaying his way along.


British Dictionary definitions for gaunt

gaunt

adjective
  1. bony and emaciated in appearance
  2. (of places) bleak or desolate
Derived Formsgauntly, adverbgauntness, noun

Word Origin

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person
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Word Origin and History for gaunt

adj.

mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), from Middle French gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man") and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet "yellowish" [Middle English Dictionary].

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