- 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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Examples from the Web for gauntly
The visual imagination is gauntly beautiful, but none of it feels particularly terrifying.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
- bony and emaciated in appearance
- (of places) bleak or desolate
Word Origin and History for gauntly
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].