a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys
Don Quixote looked gaunt and tired.
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
Psalm 109:24 (NIV)
And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
Genesis 41:4 (NIV)
His hair fell out, his face went gaunt as a skeleton.
Mitch Albom -- Tuesdays with Morrie
Their faces were gaunt and bony with dark nubs of hair.
Mitch Albom -- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Harry looked over at the Slytherin table and saw a horrible ghost sitting there, with blank staring eyes, a gaunt face, and robes stained with silver blood.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.
Ernest Hemingway -- The Old Man and the Sea
He too has lost flesh; like ours, his face has an expression strained, dreamy and gaunt.
William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
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With a gaunt forefinger she stroked the lustrous strand above her mouth.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
It was a very tall gaunt captain of artillery with a red scar along his jaw.
Ernest Hemingway -- A Farewell to Arms
Peter had a glimpse of a horrible, grey, gaunt creature, half man and half wolf, in the very act of leaping upon a boy about his own age,
C.S. Lewis -- Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Masque of the Red Death
Bud’s gaunt face seemed to get blacker.
Robert Lipsyte -- The Contender
He had the scabby face of a tweeker, gaunt and haunted.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
Yetta was noticing the other women in the cell now—scary women with gaunt, blank faces, sores where their mouths should be, ragged clothes that looked to be mostly held together with dirt.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
He looked gaunt, and his eyes were moist and haunted.
James Dashner -- The Kill Order
The darkness up here is not as dense, and I can see his gaunt face dusted in concrete, bleeding from fresh scratches.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
She’s gaunt, wrung out from crying.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
She hated her gaunt appearance in the mirror and commented more than once that she looked as if she had aged fifteen years.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
Rocking back on her heels, she sucked in a long, uneven breath and gazed at her little sister’s gaunt face and lifeless eyes.
Marissa Meyer -- Cinder
Miss Dare looked thinner and older—less like a high school girl and more like a young farmer’s wife from ancient times, weathered from hard work and gaunt from shortage of food.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
A gaunt, ragged figure stood on the step, and as she shrank back a man pushed his way through the door and halted on the kitchen threshold.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
On a high podium in front stood the conductor, a tall, gaunt man with dark deep-set eyes and a thin mouth placed carelessly between his long pointed nose and his long pointed chin.
Norton Juster -- The Phantom Tollbooth
Dreams pursued memories, courted and danced and coupled with them and they became one, and the gaunt, beseeching phantoms that called to him had the rag-wrapped feet of Washington’s regulars and the faces of his mother and father and Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan and the Beales and Earl Grayson.
Jerry Spinelli -- Maniac Magee
Its black, bleak desolation, its skeleton streets, its shapeless masses of brick and mortar, its gaunt and jagged spires, only remnants of walls but yesterday so proud and stately, stared at me from every point.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
She was an aging woman, gaunt and wrinkled, but still handsome.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Sign of the Beaver
Her faded hair, knotted in a tight bun on the nape of her gaunt neck, glinted gold-red in the light.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
It wasn’t just that he was weak and gaunt; he was changed in a more fundamental way.
Leon Leyson -- The Boy on the Wooden Box
In coloring he was pure Whitshank, black-haired even in his sixties with very white skin and squinty blue eyes, and he had the rangy, gaunt Whitshank body.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
All she said was, "Night-Gaunt?"
Neil Gaiman -- The Graveyard Book
Many of the men were lean, almost gaunt.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
His face gaunt and his teeth maniacal.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Without ques— tion, they were the gauntest, mangiest, slinkiest, and most oppressed group I had ever laid eyes on.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Two others were already in the back seat, a soldier and a woman with a gaunt gray face.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
His face set in an expressionless mask, manacled, gaunt and unshaven as he stood in disheveled prison fatigues, the ex-Commandant was clearly at the edge of embarking upon a momentous journey.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Cordelia is thinner now, almost gaunt.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
Octavian’s face looked almost ghoulish under his white mantle—his eyes too piercing, his cheeks too gaunt, his lips too thin and colorless.
Rick Riordan -- The Blood of Olympus
I stood by the bed a moment holding it, looking down at the gaunt, stubbled face.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
He was thin, gaunt, totally unremarkable in every way but one.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
He is gaunt, frightened, and sweating in his greatcoat.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
Still bandaged and gaunt, they are now keeping watch over the doorway to the roses.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
Their gaunt faces were stretched with torture.
Markus Zusak -- The Book Thief
He was about fifty, his whiskery face gaunt, and his open eyes were vague and staring.
John Steinbeck -- The Grapes of Wrath
A violent coughing fit gripped Rahim Khan and rocked his gaunt body back and forth.
Khaled Hosseini -- The Kite Runner
Ex-hausted and barely able to eat, Sylvia crept through November, haunted by nightmares and growing ever more gaunt.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
He felt weak and dizzy; chills racked his gaunt frame.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
None of them wore any kind of discernible facial expression—they were all sallow and gaunt, miserably sad to look upon.
James Dashner -- The Maze Runner
There is a man sitting on the other side of the bed, gaunt, sunburned, with a rat’s-nest beard and stubbly dark hair.