from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Thin and bony; angular. See Synonyms at lean2.
- adj. Emaciated and haggard; drawn.
- adj. Bleak and desolate; barren.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. lean, angular, and bony
- adj. haggard, drawn, and emaciated
- adj. bleak, barren, and desolate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Attenuated, as with fasting or suffering; lean; meager; pinched and grim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Shrunken, as with fasting or suffering; emaciated; lean; thin; haggard.
- Characterized by or producing emaciation; famishing; attenuating: as, gaunt poverty.
- To make lean.
- See gant.
- n. The great crested grebe or cargoose, Podiceps cristatus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
Middle English, perhaps from Old French gant, possibly of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gawnt, gawnte ("lean, slender"), probably from a Scandinavian source, related to Old Norse gandr ("magic staff, stick"), from Proto-Germanic *gandaz (“stick, staff”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷʰen- (“to beat, hit, drive”). Cognate with Icelandic gandur ("magic staff"), Norwegian gand ("tall pointed stick; tall, thin man"), Danish gand, gan, Norwegian gana ("cut-off tree limbs"), Bavarian Gunten ("a kind of wedge or peg"). Related also to Old English gūþ ("battle"), Latin dēfendō ("ward off, defend"). Compare also Swedish dialectal gank ("a lean, emaciated horse"). (Wiktionary)