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Definition very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone

More rarely, gaunt can reference a place such as a landscape or a home, in which case it indicates that the place is bleak or barren.
  • She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin
  • Don Quixote looked gaunt and tired.
  • gaunt = very thin
  • I don't think I'm too thin at all. I understand when people say, 'Well your face gets gaunt,' but to get your bottom half to be the right size, your face might have to be a little gaunt. You choose your battles.
    Courteney Cox
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys
  • 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)
  • 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
  • gaunt = very thin and long-suffering
  • He too has lost flesh; like ours, his face has an expression strained, dreamy and gaunt.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • gaunt = thin and bony
  • With a gaunt forefinger she stroked the lustrous strand above her mouth.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • 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
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • 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
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • His hair fell out, his face went gaunt as a skeleton.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • It was a very tall gaunt captain of artillery with a red scar along his jaw.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • Bud's gaunt face seemed to get blacker.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • Their faces were gaunt and bony with dark nubs of hair.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • gaunt = very thin
  • The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • gaunt = very thin and bony
  • He was about fifty, his whiskery face gaunt, and his open eyes were vague and staring.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • 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
  • His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with her, she thought he had never looked more handsome.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • 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

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