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.
[gawnt, gahnt] /gɔnt, gɑnt/
noun
1.
John of, .
/ɡɔːnt/
adjective
1.
bony and emaciated in appearance
2.
(of places) bleak or desolate
adj.

mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), from Middle French gant, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse gand “a thin stick,” also “a tall thin man”) and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet “yellowish” [Middle English Dictionary].

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