\ ˈgȯnt How to pronounce gaunt (audio) , ˈgänt \

Definition of gaunt

1 : excessively thin and angular a long gaunt face

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Other Words from gaunt

gauntly adverb
gauntness noun

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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

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He left the hospital looking tired and gaunt. a gaunt factory on the edge of town
Recent Examples on the Web Its characters, especially the titular nurse, Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) nicknamed for her unusual height, are scarred by years of suffering, their eyes gaunt and bodies frozen as if out of time. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 31 Jan. 2020 Dark-shawled women with infants and poor gaunt men with sufferer’s, savior’s eyes. Longreads, "10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2020," 31 Dec. 2014 Shot by photographers Lee Miller, George Rodger and others, and published in Time, the Daily Mirror and other outlets, these pictures showed gaunt figures greeting Allied soldiers, and corpses piled alongside concentration camp buildings. Paul Morrow, The Conversation, "Is it ethical to show Holocaust images?," 21 Jan. 2020 Then an ambulance crew rolls a gaunt man with one leg toward me on a stretcher. Gina Siddiqui, New York Times, "A Doctor’s Diary: The Overnight Shift in the E.R.," 16 Dec. 2019 Pattinson's wild eyes and stark, smooth white visage contrasts to co-star Willem Dafoe's weathered and gaunt mug. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 2019 Daniil Medvedev is tall and gaunt, with a patchy mustache under his long, sharp nose and a scrappy goatee on his chin. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "How Daniil Medvedev Became the Antihero of the U.S. Open," 6 Sep. 2019 Consumption often caused a bloody cough and left victims pale and gaunt with blood in the corners of their mouths, author and folklorist Michael Bell wrote. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, "Remains of an American ‘vampire’ were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.," 1 Aug. 2019 But decades of strain in one of the city’s most demanding jobs were apparent in the stooped shoulders and the gaunt face lined with legal decisions. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Robert Morgenthau, Longtime Manhattan District Attorney, Dies at 99," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of gaunt

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaunt

Middle English

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“Gaunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gaunt

: very thin usually because of illness or suffering
literary : plain and unpleasant in appearance : desolate and gloomy


\ ˈgȯnt How to pronounce gaunt (audio) \
gaunter; gauntest

Kids Definition of gaunt

: very thin and bony (as from illness or hunger) a gaunt face

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