1(Of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age.
- She was gaunt, painfully thin, expressionless, wearing a sleeveless top, dark pants, and sandals.
- Its twisted trunk and mangled branches resembled a terrifyingly gaunt person arching their back in immense agony.
- He is a fair, gaunt man of Norwegian extraction, an international lawyer I think, and has a careful, courteous manner.
haggard, drawn, thin, lean, skinny, spindly, spare, bony, angular, rawboned, pinched, hollow-cheeked, scrawny, scraggy, as thin as a rail, cadaverous, skeletal, emaciated, skin-and-bones;
wasted, withered, etiolated
informal anorexic, (looking) like a bag of bones
1.1(Of a building or place) grim or desolate in appearance.
- The tall buildings flickered with a glow of white, gaunt towers rising like obelisks in the night thrusting towards a heaven that would forever elude them.
- Wherever I played football, the huge gaunt stadium was always the touchstone of my career, the place where I came home to show my people that I could still do the job.
- He juxtaposes these gaunt scenes with striking black-and-white shots of beaches and landscape.
- Example sentences
- It starts with some poets, gauntly tubercular sorts with laudanum habits and loose-fitting shirts.
- The style is often lightly conversational, yet it is a gauntly powerful book.
- The figure at Dick's bedside seems initially different, as he wakes ‘to find hunger standing at my bedside, staring at me gauntly’.
- Example sentences
- His face is thin nearly to gauntness, and covered with sad lines.
- He cocked his head and looked down at her, noting for the first time the shadows beneath her eyes, the gauntness of her cheeks.
- He looked up as we approached and I was momentarily shocked by the gauntness, the almost metallic grayness that dusted what had once been a tawny coat.
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with gauntavaunt, daunt, flaunt, haunt, jaunt, taunt, vaunt