Gaunt is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of gaunt, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
EXAMPLES - Gaunt in a Sentence
- He was gaunt, and his hair and beard were long and itchy. (source)
- "gaunt," according to one report, and helped spark a sell-off in Apple shares. (source)
- He looked gaunt in the interview, but as you can see, he remained as sharp as ever: (source)
- Fears for three environmentalist brothers as 'gaunt' Karma Samdrup on trial after torture (source)
- Now her face looked gaunt as if all the joy that only moments ago had filled it, had washed away. (source)
- But as the clerical sex abuse crisis batters the church, Benedict has been looking pale and gaunt. (source)
- Mexico some that possessed all that "gaunt" form and "sneaking" aspect that characterize the latter. (source)
- In photographs she is often gaunt and severe-looking, a look which has led to speculation over her sexuality. (source)
- Based on her appearance last night, they branded her as looking "too crazy" and disliked her "gaunt" features. (source)
- He was white, of skinny to medium build, and with a very pale "gaunt" complexion with dark bags under the eyes. (source)
- By 2008, Jobs had lost a noticeable amount of weight, but Apple attributed his gaunt appearance to a "common bug." (source)
- A pack of excited, chattering Chileans rushes towards the gaunt young man with a guitar in his hand and his female companion. (source)
- ( "gaunt") but they have fallen from a height of respectability and social importance, albeit a fall more than a century past. (source)
- He's tall and gaunt with ashy skin and a nappy, ragged Afro, like he started to comb it out then stopped from sheer exhaustion. (source)
- Morgan recalled the gaunt anxiety of Mrs. Conboy's eyes, hollow of every emotion, as they seemed, but unrest and straining fear. (source)
- DJ Qualls looks like the antithesis of a Hollywood star - thin and lanky, almost gaunt with a face that is childlike and guileless. (source)
- Balding, gray-haired, just five feet eight in his stocking feet, he had what one journalist called the gaunt demeanor of a church elder. (source)
- Johnny, always described as gaunt, gets a few good licks in this one, the first time in the series that I can remember him being singled out in action. (source)
- It was not a pure bloodhound and it was not a pure mastiff; but it appeared to be a combination of the two -- gaunt, savage, and as large as a small lioness. (source)
- After arriving at the north London studio looking "gaunt" and "washed-out", the 27-year-old pop star - who is currently divorcing her cheating husband, soccer player (source)
- Overwhelming and everywhere, the sound of chopper blades and engines fills the air as several gaunt and weary men drop like panthers from the open doors to the ground. (source)
- At that moment, I think I knew my Huntress had returned, but it was not until I had come closer and seen her gaunt but healthy form with my own eyes that I could believe it to be so. (source)
- The suspect driving the vehicle was described as a gaunt, white male, with salt and pepper colored hair, approximately 50 years of age and had a deep pock mark scar on his left cheek. (source)
- Chen writes, "Petrie's description of Smith as 'a great, gaunt cat 'yokes together two of the signature characteristics ascribed to the Doctor: his' gaunt 'frame and' cat like gait. '" (source)
- CBS' inexplicably long-running sitcom continues to make light of Charlie Sheen's real-life debauchery, even as his alarmingly gaunt and haggard appearance reflects the toll it's taking on him. (source)
- The preacher at the Cross that day was a Black Friar -- a tall spare man, whom some might call gaunt and ungainly; a man of quick intelligence and radiant eyes, of earnest gesture and burning words. (source)
- Some 50 radiotherapy sessions virtually cinderised his teeth; his face and frame grew ever more gaunt; he joined some 200 other smokers to sue Embassy and Benson & Hedges, two prominent snooker sponsors. (source)
- For the rest, I recall a gaunt Baptist in wood, said to be by Donatello, on one of the altars to the left of the choir; and the bronze Baptist in the Baptistery, less realistic, by Sansovino; the pretty figures of (source)
- An extremely well-positioned, successful company having its share price driven down artificially whenever some short seller desires to cry wolf, er ... "gaunt" is not something serious, or even casual, investors welcome. (source)
- After arriving at the north London studio looking "gaunt" and "washed-out", the 27-year-old pop star - who is currently divorcing her husband, soccer player Ashley Cole - collapsed unconscious just minutes after the shoot began. (source)
- Later, after showering and shaving and slicking his hair with generous amounts of oil, after dressing in his rented attire, Marty stood before the full-length mirror in his bedroom, looking like a gaunt variation of the Mad Hatter. (source)
- Our young-old faces, chiseled and gaunt from the fever and the heat and the sleepless nights, now stare back at us, lost and damned strangers, frozen in yellowing snapshots packed away in cardboard boxes with our medals and our ribbons. (source)
- After arriving at the north London studio looking "gaunt" and "washed-out", the 27-year-old pop star - who is currently divorcing her cheating husband, soccer player Ashley Cole - collapsed unconscious just minutes after the shoot began. (source)
- He believes, moreover, that those of the Southern parts of the American continent approximate more nearly to the Pyrenean wolves, as he has seen in the tropical forests of Mexico some that possessed all that "gaunt" form and "sneaking" aspect that characterise the latter. (source)
- Space forbids me to dilate individually on the richly varied excellences of Bill Heck, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Byron Jennings (whose gaunt Antonio nails my best-in-show award), Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin and Nyambi Nyambi, but they're all terrific, as are their colleagues. (source)
- As has been finely said the whole church is "gaunt" and unbeautiful; it is a depressing mixture of styles, Roman, Romano-Byzantine, and Gothic; and in studying its one fine detail, a photograph or a drawing is much more satisfactory than an hour's tantalising effort to see the original. (source)
- Chopping off fingers is shown in a magnified close-up, a skeleton is not merely a heap of bones but oozing viscera, and our spunky little girl -- shown in the original finale with simply a sling on her broken arm -- is now fast forward a gaunt, elderly spinster who has lost that very arm. (source)
- When you get to heaven you might find Mary Frankenstein Shelley, God's favourite author, sitting on a throne, or discover that God is actually a married couple anxious to try out their parenting skills on newcomers, or that despite the permanent San Diego climate, some rather gaunt-looking archangels are sitting on street corners with begging bowls. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 57.0, which suggests that "gaunt" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 32 synonyms for gaunt.
angular, anorexic, attenuated, bare, bleak, bony, cadaverous, desolate, dismal, dreary, emaciated, forbidding, forlorn, grim, haggard, harsh, lank, lean, like a bag of bones, meager, peaked, peaky, pinched, rawboned, scraggy, scrawny, skeletal, skeleton, skin and bones, spare, thin, wasted
We have 11 antonyms for gaunt.
bright, cheerful, fat, happy, heavy, hopeful, joyful, plump, sunny, thick, well-nourished
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gaunt from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Thin and bony; angular. See Synonyms at lean2.
- (adjective) Emaciated and haggard; drawn.
- (adjective) Bleak and desolate; barren.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) lean, angular, and bony
- (adjective) haggard, drawn, and emaciated
- (adjective) bleak, barren, and desolate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Attenuated, as with fasting or suffering; lean; meager; pinched and grim.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Shrunken, as with fasting or suffering; emaciated; lean; thin; haggard.
- (None) Characterized by or producing emaciation; famishing; attenuating: as, gaunt poverty.
- (None) To make lean.
- (noun) The great crested grebe or cargoose, Podiceps cristatus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold