- The definition of gaunt is looking thin, bony or sickly.
An example of gaunt is the appearance of someone who hasn’t eaten enough for many weeks.
gaunt definition by Webster's New World
- thin and bony; hollow-eyed and haggard, as from great hunger or age; emaciated
- looking grim, forbidding, or desolate
Origin: Middle English gawnte, earlier gant, slender, thin, gaunt ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
gaunt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective gaunt·er, gaunt·est
- Thin and bony; angular. See Synonyms at lean2.
- Emaciated and haggard; drawn.
- Bleak and desolate; barren.
Origin: Middle English, perhaps from Old French gant, possibly of Scandinavian origin.
- gauntˈly adverb
- gauntˈness noun