gaunt

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adjective \ˈgȯnt, ˈgänt\

Definition of gaunt

  1. 1 :  excessively thin and angular <a long gaunt face>

  2. 2 :  barren, desolate

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

Origin and Etymology of gaunt

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century

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

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adjective \ˈgȯnt, ˈgänt\

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

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adjective \ˈgȯnt\

Definition of gaunt for Students

gaunter

gauntest

  1. :  very thin and bony (as from illness or hunger) <a gaunt face>



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