Adjective "gaunt" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ɡɔːnt/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age.
  1. 'Many looked gaunt, clothes hanging off them as if draped on clothes racks.'
  2. 'The light from outside the table cast an odd glare on his face, making his face look gaunt.'
  3. 'She brought choice cuts of meat to the porter's dog, and ordered full meals for the gaunt nuns who came to collect alms at awkward hours of the day.'
  4. 'Its twisted trunk and mangled branches resembled a terrifyingly gaunt person arching their back in immense agony.'
  5. 'Then I just noticed how skinny he was, almost gaunt.'
  6. 'He was gaunt from drinking too much vodka and his marriage was on the skids.'
  7. 'John was a tall, gaunt man with sunken eyes and a smile that spoke of shyness.'
  8. 'Now he is so thin he looks almost gaunt.'
  9. 'He was gaunt, his blond hair gone stringy, and his greasy tux fit the dress code only under the most generous interpretation.'
  10. 'The priest's gaunt figure dissolved into the shadows beyond the kitchen door.'
  11. 'gaunt tenement blocks'
  12. 'Seven miles of bleak shoreline separate Cobra Mist and the gaunt Martello tower at Shingle Street.'
  13. 'More than 80,000 fans filled the big, gaunt ground.'
  14. 'On the tram ride out you pass building sites and the gaunt trusses of an overgrown railway bridge.'
  15. 'One, by the very nature of theatre in the round, is a sense of the house itself as a gaunt, intimidating presence.'
  16. 'Cabooses are another fast disappearing symbol of the railways, those that remain are a gaunt remnant of the former glory of a bygone era.'
  17. 'He juxtaposes these gaunt scenes with striking black-and-white shots of beaches and landscape.'
  18. 'The newer ones may be concrete and 15 or 20 stories high - gaunt, ugly buildings on an inhuman scale.'

proper noun

    Definitions

    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.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be gaunt in appearances."

    "people can be gaunt."

    "faces can be gaunt."

    "features can be gaunt."

    "looks can be gaunt."

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    Origin

    Late Middle English: of unknown origin.