SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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, adverb gaunt·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for gauntly Contemporary Examples of gauntly Historical Examples of gauntly
He was as
gauntly handsome as a Blackfoot—and they don't come any better-looking than that.
From the lower control room windows Gerry could see only drifted snow and naked boulders, and the
gauntly lonely peaks. British Dictionary definitions for gauntly adjective bony and emaciated in appearance (of places) bleak or desolate Derived Forms gauntly, adverb gauntness, 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 gauntly 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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