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adj. gaunt·er, gaunt·est
1. Thin or emaciated: "Her smile took up ever more of her increasingly gaunt face" (Lindsey Crittenden). See Synonyms at lean2.
2. Bleak or desolate: "She walked along fast ... scared of ... the few shadowy people and the old gaunt houses with their wide inky doorways" (John Dos Passos).

[Middle English, perhaps from Old French gant, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]

gaunt′ly adv.
gaunt′ness n.
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Vholes gauntly stalked to the fire and warmed his funeral gloves.
I could have wished he had been less obliged to me, for he hovered about me in his gratitude all the rest of the evening; and whenever I said a word to Agnes, was sure, with his shadowless eyes and cadaverous face, to be looking gauntly down upon us from behind.
A happy exception was made for Diana Damrau, who looked slim and elegant in the first two acts and properly, gauntly simple in the last.
'Can't you just imagine it, at The End?' he asked, and the gauntly middle-aged face assumed a boyish zest, as if about to unpack a chest of toy soldiers.
Gauntly beautiful, it says everything about her that we believe she is being haunted in every way, physically and emotionally, by her terrible past.
Titian painted Charles Vat the battle of Muhlberg, as the Emperor rode gauntly under a livid sky that presaged storms.
In that version, the neighborhood had seemed primarily a space of misery and monotony: one "as gauntly impersonal as vital statistics," in a contemporary critic's words, "merely a place where there are people and births, and marriages and deaths forever in endless succession." (70) After a preliminary audition, Weill had insisted that "all the political parts of the [1929] script sounded quite outdated ...
These messages are usually accompanied by pictures of starving and poverty-stricken Africans and their severely malnourished children staring gauntly at the camera and waiting to be "saved" by the NGOs.