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1(of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age.
haggard, drawn, cadaverous, skeletal, emaciated, skin-and-bones, skinny, spindly, thin, over-thin, size-zero, spare, bony, angular, lank, lean, raw-boned, pinched, hollow-cheeked, hollow-eyed, lantern-jawed, scrawny, scraggy, shrivelled, wasted, withered, raddledView synonyms
- ‘His face was gaunt, his eyes and his cheekbones hollow.’
- ‘He was gaunt from drinking too much vodka and his marriage was on the skids.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He is a fair, gaunt man of Norwegian extraction, an international lawyer I think, and has a careful, courteous manner.’
- ‘She was achingly gaunt, her skin pasty white, the lines of her face stark and startling in their prominence.’
- ‘Many looked gaunt, clothes hanging off them as if draped on clothes racks.’
- ‘He was gaunt, looked very tired, and was clearly struggling.’
- ‘Its twisted trunk and mangled branches resembled a terrifyingly gaunt person arching their back in immense agony.’
- ‘Henry's gaunt figure came into the rim of light cast by the desk lamp.’
- ‘The priest's gaunt figure dissolved into the shadows beyond the kitchen door.’
- ‘She was very gaunt and fairly pale, but her personality was like the glowing stars.’
- ‘His hair was limp and unruly, his once cheerful blue eyes were cold and distant, and he was gaunt and tired-looking from the burden he now had to carry.’
- ‘Her elfin face was thin and angular, almost gaunt, with a small, straight nose.’
- ‘She was gaunt, painfully thin, expressionless, wearing a sleeveless top, dark pants, and sandals.’
- ‘Now he is so thin he looks almost gaunt.’
- ‘The light from outside the table cast an odd glare on his face, making his face look gaunt.’
- ‘John was a tall, gaunt man with sunken eyes and a smile that spoke of shyness.’
- ‘He was gaunt and serious from the start, with minimal hand movements and only slightly gesticulating as he dipped into domestic policy issues.’
- ‘He was gaunt, his blond hair gone stringy, and his greasy tux fit the dress code only under the most generous interpretation.’
- ‘Then I just noticed how skinny he was, almost gaunt.’
- 1.1 (of a building or place) grim or desolate in appearance.
bleak, stark, barren, bare, drab, desolate, dreary, dismal, gloomy, sombre, forlorn, grim, stern, harsh, forbidding, uninviting, unwelcoming, cheerlessView synonyms
- ‘Cabooses are another fast disappearing symbol of the railways, those that remain are a gaunt remnant of the former glory of a bygone era.’
- ‘More than 80,000 fans filled the big, gaunt ground.’
- ‘Windsor Castle stood out, gaunt and noble in the mist.’
- ‘The newer ones may be concrete and 15 or 20 stories high - gaunt, ugly buildings on an inhuman scale.’
- ‘With Ahmed as our guide, we are taken to a gaunt, dilapidated building.’
- ‘He scoured the gaunt landscape as if his primordial authority was enough to plunge the lid of the monochrome building down to floor level to allow him a cowardly escape.’
- ‘He juxtaposes these gaunt scenes with striking black-and-white shots of beaches and landscape.’
- ‘The tall buildings flickered with a glow of white, gaunt towers rising like obelisks in the night thrusting towards a heaven that would forever elude them.’
- ‘One, by the very nature of theatre in the round, is a sense of the house itself as a gaunt, intimidating presence.’
- ‘Wherever I played football, the huge gaunt stadium was always the touchstone of my career, the place where I came home to show my people that I could still do the job.’
- ‘The moon had finally moved far enough over the high walls of the pass to cast some of its gaunt white light down into the narrows below.’
- ‘On the tram ride out you pass building sites and the gaunt trusses of an overgrown railway bridge.’
- ‘Fields gave way to scattered woodlands, bare and gaunt against the early winter darkness.’
- ‘Seven miles of bleak shoreline separate Cobra Mist and the gaunt Martello tower at Shingle Street.’
- ‘In a gaunt and craggy landscape the soft, well-rounded Magdalen weeps over her past.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
- former name of Ghent
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