AskDefine | Define gaunt

Dictionary Definition

gaunt adj : very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration" [syn: bony, cadaverous, emaciated, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted]

User Contributed Dictionary




lean, angular and bony:
haggard, drawn and emaciated: bleak, barren and desolate:

Extensive Definition

Gaunt is a adjective that describes a living thing as being bony, thin and/or sickly, it may also be used to describe a barren deserted place, however gaunt may refer to:

People with the name Gaunt

  • Dan Gaunt, a young Welsh darts prodigy tipped as the new Phil 'The Power' Taylor
  • Jon Gaunt, British radio presenter and newspaper columnist, late 20th and early 21st century.
  • John of Gaunt, 14th century English prince
  • Maurice de Gaunt, founder of Beverston Castle
  • Nathan Gaunt, an Australian singer-songwriter



  • Ghent, Belgium was formerly called Gaunt

Fictional characters

see also emaciated

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