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”).
- enPR: gônt, IPA(key): /ɡɔːnt/
- (some accents) enPR: gänt, IPA(key): /ɡɑːnt/
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- Rhymes: -ɔːnt, -ɑːnt
- lean, angular, and bony
- 1894, Joseph Jacobs, chapter 1, in The Fables of Aesop:
- A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.
- haggard, drawn, and emaciated
- 1917, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 5, in His Last Bow:
- 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.
- bleak, barren, and desolate
- 1896, Mary Baker Eddy, “The Way”, in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, 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:
- Behind me, rose up, to an extraordinary height, gaunt, black cliffs.
- To yawn.
gaunt (plural gaunts)
- A yawn.