gaunt

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  • gant (dialectal, Scotland)
  • gent (Scotland)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gawnt, gawnte (lean, slender), from Old French [Term?], probably from a Scandinavian/North Germanic source, related to Old Norse gandr (magic staff, stick), from Proto-Germanic *gandaz (stick, staff), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen- (to beat, hit, drive).

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gaunt (comparative gaunter, superlative gauntest)

  1. lean, angular, and bony
    • 1866, Herman Melville, Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War[1], The Portent:
      Hanging from the beam,
      Slowly swaying (such the law),
      Gaunt the shadow on your green,
      Shenandoah!
    • 1894, Joseph Jacobs, chapter 1, in The Fables of Aesop[2]:
      A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.
  2. haggard, drawn, and emaciated
    • 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 239:
      Far away I saw a gaunt cat slink crouchingly along a wall, but traces of men there were none.
    • 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 5, in His Last Bow[3]:
      In the dim light of a foggy November day the sick room was a gloomy spot, but it was that gaunt, wasted face staring at me from the bed which sent a chill to my heart.
  3. bleak, barren, and desolate
    • 1896, Mary Baker Eddy, “The Way”, in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896[4], page 355:
      The present stage of progress in Christian Science presents two opposite aspects, — a full-orbed promise, and a gaunt want.
    • 1908, William Hope Hodgson, chapter 14, in The House on the Borderland[5]:
      Behind me, rose up, to an extraordinary height, gaunt, black cliffs.

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Verb[edit]

gaunt

  1. To yawn.

Noun[edit]

gaunt (plural gaunts)

  1. A yawn.