American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Thin and bony; angular. See Synonyms at lean2.
- adj. Emaciated and haggard; drawn.
- adj. Bleak and desolate; barren.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shrunken, as with fasting or suffering; emaciated; lean; thin; haggard.
- Characterized by or producing emaciation; famishing; attenuating: as, gaunt poverty.
- To make lean.
- See gant.
- n. The great crested grebe or cargoose, Podiceps cristatus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Attenuated, as with fasting or suffering; lean; meager; pinched and grim.
- adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
- From Middle English gawnt, gawnte ("lean, slender"), probably from a Scandinavian source, related to Old Norse gandr ("magic staff, stick"), from Proto-Germanic *gandaz (“stick, staff”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen- (“to beat, hit, drive”). Cognate with Icelandic gandur ("magic staff"), Norwegian gand ("tall pointed stick; tall, thin man"), Danish gand, gan, Norwegian gana ("cut-off tree limbs"), Bavarian Gunten ("a kind of wedge or peg"). Related also to Old English gūþ ("battle"), Latin dēfendō ("ward off, defend"). Compare also Swedish dialectal gank ("a lean, emaciated horse"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, perhaps from Old French gant, possibly of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Our young-old faces, chiseled and gaunt from the fever and the heat and the sleepless nights, now stare back at us, lost and damned strangers, frozen in yellowing snapshots packed away in cardboard boxes with our medals and our ribbons.”
“Balding, gray-haired, just five feet eight in his stocking feet, he had what one journalist called the gaunt demeanor of a church elder.”
“Morgan recalled the gaunt anxiety of Mrs. Conboy's eyes, hollow of every emotion, as they seemed, but unrest and straining fear.”
“For the rest, I recall a gaunt Baptist in wood, said to be by Donatello, on one of the altars to the left of the choir; and the bronze Baptist in the Baptistery, less realistic, by Sansovino; the pretty figures of”
“The preacher at the Cross that day was a Black Friar -- a tall spare man, whom some might call gaunt and ungainly; a man of quick intelligence and radiant eyes, of earnest gesture and burning words.”
“The suspect driving the vehicle was described as a gaunt, white male, with salt and pepper colored hair, approximately 50 years of age and had a deep pock mark scar on his left cheek.”
“He looked "gaunt," Paola said, unshaven and much thinner than the Maziar she knows.”
“Well, Arbogast really should un-squeeze his grabs before posting them, but I wouldn't say 'gaunt'.”
“It was a frame house, two stories in front, kind of gaunt-looking with the usual porches front and back and on the side, and only one story in back for the kitchen and the dining room.”
“As has been finely said the whole church is "gaunt" and unbeautiful; it is a depressing mixture of styles, Roman, Romano-Byzantine, and Gothic; and in studying its one fine detail, a photograph or a drawing is much more satisfactory than an hour's tantalising effort to see the original.”
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