[ gawnt ]
/ gɔnt /

adjective, gaunt·er, gaunt·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. gaultheria,
  2. gaultier,
  3. gaum,
  4. gaumless,
  5. gaun,
  6. gaunt, john of,
  7. gauntlet,
  8. gauntlet bandage,
  9. gauntry,
  10. gaup

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


[ gawnt, gahnt ]
/ gɔnt, gɑnt /


John of. John of Gaunt. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gaunt


/ (ɡɔːnt) /


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

Word Origin for gaunt

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person

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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].

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