adjective, gaunt·er, gaunt·est.
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Origin of gaunt
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historical usage of gaunt
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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Example sentences from the Web for gaunt
His work is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that he was dying of colorectal cancer when he filmed it – something perhaps evidenced by a gaunt appearance, but in no way by the intensity and passion of his performance.
The visual imagination is gauntly beautiful, but none of it feels particularly terrifying.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’|Jimmy So|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was as gauntly handsome as a Blackfoot—and they don't come any better-looking than that.Call Him Savage|John Pollard
From the lower control room windows Gerry could see only drifted snow and naked boulders, and the gauntly lonely peaks.The Golden Amazons of Venus|John Murray Reynolds