- extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated.
- bleak, desolate, or grim, as places or things: a gaunt, windswept landscape.
Origin of gaunt
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- John of. John of Gaunt.
Examples from the Web for gaunt
One day I was stunned to see that a particular favorite was a gaunt chain-smoker.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
In order to play the gaunt Woodroof, McConaughey went from 182 pounds to 135, subsisting on what he calls “a controlled diet.”Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender
October 30, 2013
Moore emerged looking “gaunt and pale” at the Oct. 17 premiere of Margin Call, according to Contact Music.Demi Moore’s Downward Spiral Since Her Split From Ashton Kutcher
July 17, 2012
In her last public appearances, Winehouse was stick thin and gaunt.Amy Winehouse’s Broken Beauty
July 26, 2011
Some of Secrest's theories are iffy—she claims the gaunt women of his portraits must be coded consumptives."Mad, Bad Modigliani"
March 5, 2011
Her long, gaunt fingers pulled and worked at the knots, but all in vain.Opera Stories from Wagner
He was tall and gaunt, and his deeply graven face was framed by grizzled hair.Tiverton Tales
The other three seniors, attracted by the scene, came back, and waited with Gaunt.
And Gaunt, who was standing by, and knew it also, telegraphed a significant look to Huntley.
It was simply a bare, gaunt, famished skeleton, slaying his way along.The Uncommercial Traveller
- bony and emaciated in appearance
- (of places) bleak or desolate
Word Origin and History for gaunt
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].