Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a gaunt manner; meagerly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a gaunt manner; meagerly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Leanly; meagerly; haggardly.

Etymologies

gaunt +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Without consulting Mr. Vholes on this point, I took my guardian aside to propose it, while Mr. Vholes gauntly stalked to the fire and warmed his funeral gloves.

    Bleak House

  • I could have wished he had been less obliged to me, for he hovered about me in his gratitude all the rest of the evening; and whenever I said a word to Agnes, was sure, with his shadowless eyes and cadaverous face, to be looking gauntly down upon us from behind.

    David Copperfield

  • An idle building machine, with lank arms of red painted metal that caught the still plastic blocks of mineral paste and swung them neatly into position, stretched gauntly across this green tinted picture.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • The tall silken-clad form lifted erect, and towered gauntly above the Cimmerian.

    Wings in the Night

  • Her obstetrician, Dr. Ashley, gauntly handsome in a Lord Mountbatten sort of way, with fine sand-colored hair swept back from his temples, arrives to examine her progress.

    Excerpt: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

  • A thin, subdued Alec lay stretched out in the tub; his long body shone naked and gauntly white beneath the water.

    Heaven Lake

  • But Annemarie was neither nervous nor in doubt of her feelings; and face and air, as she stood gauntly erect in her brown silk dress, would better have befitted a funeral.

    Two Tales of Old Strasbourg

  • And, striding ever more gauntly and intolerantly, he drove his thoughts back and salved his bleeding pride with memories of the past.

    Ultima Thule

  • The man was gauntly attractive and quite tall, perhaps no older than Snudge himself, although there was nothing youthful about his masterful bearing and narrow, pinched countenance.

    Conqueror's Moon

  • —MacMurrough, MacMurrough, said Scrotes, and his bony fingers turned gauntly him round.

    At Swim, Two Boys

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