[ 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.

Origin of gaunt

1400–50; late Middle English, probably < Old French gaunet, jaunet yellowish, derivative of gaune, jaune yellow < Latin galbinus greenish-yellow

Related forms

gaunt·ly, adverbgaunt·ness, noun

Definition for gaunt (2 of 2)


[ 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 Forms

gauntly, adverbgauntness, noun

Word Origin for gaunt

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