gaunt

adjective \ ˈgȯnt , ˈgänt \

Definition of gaunt

1 : excessively thin and angular
  • a long gaunt face

gauntly

adverb

gauntness

noun

Examples of gaunt in a Sentence

  1. He left the hospital looking tired and gaunt.

  2. a gaunt factory on the edge of town

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Origin and Etymology of gaunt

Middle English

Synonym Discussion of gaunt

lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours.
    • a lean racehorse
spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise.
    • the gymnast's spare figure
lank implies tallness as well as leanness.
    • the lank legs of the heron
lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness.
    • a lanky youth, all arms and legs
gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering.
    • a prisoner's gaunt face
rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment.
    • a rawboned farmer
scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality.
    • a scrawny chicken
    • skinny street urchins

GAUNT Defined for English Language Learners

gaunt

adjective

Definition of gaunt for English Language Learners

  • : very thin usually because of illness or suffering

  • : plain and unpleasant in appearance : desolate and gloomy


GAUNT Defined for Kids

gaunt

adjective \ ˈgȯnt \

Definition of gaunt for Students

gaunter; gauntest
: very thin and bony (as from illness or hunger)
  • a gaunt face


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