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gaunt

[gawnt]
adjective, gaunt·er, gaunt·est.
  1. extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated.
  2. bleak, desolate, or grim, as places or things: a gaunt, windswept landscape.
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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

Synonyms

Antonyms

1. stout.
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  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for gauntly

gaunt

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

Word Origin

C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person
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Word Origin and History for gauntly

gaunt

adj.

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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