adjective, gaunt·er, gaunt·est.
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The etymology of gaunt is uncertain. It is a Middle English word (also spelled gant ) that may come from Old French gant, a possible variant of gaunet, jaunet “yellowish.” Other etymologists suggest a Scandinavian origin, such as Norwegian gand “a thin, pointed stick; a tall, thin man.”
John of Gaunt, a son of King Edward III and father of King Henry IV, was so named because he was born in the Flemish city of Ghent ( Gand in French, Gent in Flemish), corrupted to Gaunt in English.
OTHER WORDS FROM gauntgauntly, adverbgauntness, noun
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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|Paul Hemphill|March 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|July 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In her last public appearances, Winehouse was stick thin and gaunt.
Some of Secrest's theories are iffy—she claims the gaunt women of his portraits must be coded consumptives.
And he would say, gaunt and worried, but smiling: "Not yet."The Mountebank|William J. Locke
Gaunt tried to tell them of something, but it became knotted in his throat, and then suddenly he dashed out again.Last Words|Stephen Crane
Mrs. Gaunt was walking elastically, and discoursing with great fire and animation.
To Raf's peering gaze Dalgard's face had a drawn, gaunt look as if he had been at hard labor during the hours just past.Star Born|Andre Norton
Neilson was a tall, gaunt man, well past fifty—from his manner evidently the leader of the three.The Sky Line of Spruce|Edison Marshall