\ 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

Examples of gaunt in a Sentence

He left the hospital looking tired and gaunt. a gaunt factory on the edge of town

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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 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., "A ‘vampire’s’ remains were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.," 31 July 2019 The old man was now gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck., "Gianluigi Buffon: The Old Man & the UEFA Champions League," 26 June 2019 Johnny Depp is pale, gaunt and terrifying as the title character of this Stephen Sondheim adaptation, which arrives on Hulu this month. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Pose’ and ‘Succession’," 3 June 2018 But new photos of the 54-year-old actor looking pale and gaunt have fans worrying about his health. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Johnny Depp looks shockingly thin in new photos, and fans are worried he's sick," 3 June 2018 Malnourished mothers cradling gaunt infants in reed-thin arms. Distressing scenes of hopeless poverty in Haiti, across the Caribbean, and in Latin America. Brian Macquarrie,, "Leading hunger relief charity challenged on its claim of low costs," 2 June 2018 George Withers, then 54, was a slight man, gaunt and wiry like a coyote, with long brown hair combed to the back of his head. Betsy Teter, Outside Online, "The Lost Legend of the Girl Rangers," 30 Apr. 2018 The eerily gaunt, nose-less Ebony Maw (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) stands out as particularly unsettling, and this is not a coincidence. Ciara Wardlow, The Hollywood Reporter, "Where 'Avengers' Should Have Embraced the Uncanny," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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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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