- 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 gauntness
Then she noticed the gauntness of his bronzed face and how lean he was.The Gold Trail
But his gauntness also made him look more like Pierre than ever before.Shaman
He was as tall as the pastor, and slender, but without the other's gauntness.The Uncalled
Paul Laurence Dunbar
All this, however, was as nothing compared with the gauntness and emaciation of the man.The Cruise of the "Esmeralda"
He was surprised at the size of these timber wolves and at their gauntness.On the Yukon Trail
Roy J. Snell
- bony and emaciated in appearance
- (of places) bleak or desolate
Word Origin and History for gauntness
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].