Gauntest

gaunt

[gawnt]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English, probably < Old French gaunet, jaunet yellowish, derivative of gaune, jaune yellow < Latin galbinus greenish-yellow

gauntly, adverb
gauntness, noun


1. lean, spare, scrawny, lank, angular, rawboned. See thin.


1. stout.
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gaunt (ɡɔːnt)
 
adj
1.  bony and emaciated in appearance
2.  (of places) bleak or desolate
 
[C15: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian dialect gand tall lean person]
 
'gauntly
 
adv
 
'gauntness
 
n

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gaunt
1440, from M.Fr. gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man").
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