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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 gauntness

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 gauntness
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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