Some of Secrest's theories are iffy—she claims the gaunt women of his portraits must be coded consumptives.
His face was gaunt and pale, and he looked as if he needed a long rest.
In her last public appearances, Winehouse was stick thin and gaunt.
mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), from Middle French gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man") and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet "yellowish" [Middle English Dictionary].