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gaunt

[gawnt] /gɔnt/
adjective, gaunter, gauntest.
1.
extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated.
2.
bleak, desolate, or grim, as places or things:
a gaunt, windswept landscape.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, probably < Old French gaunet, jaunet yellowish, derivative of gaune, jaune yellow < Latin galbinus greenish-yellow
Related forms
gauntly, adverb
gauntness, noun
Synonyms
1. lean, spare, scrawny, lank, angular, rawboned. See thin.
Antonyms
1. stout.
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British Dictionary definitions for gauntest

gaunt

/ɡɔːnt/
adjective
1.
bony and emaciated in appearance
2.
(of places) bleak or desolate
Derived Forms
gauntly, adverb
gauntness, noun
Word Origin
C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person
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Word Origin and History for gauntest

gaunt

adj.

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].

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