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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;
- Example: "emaciated bony hands"
- Example: "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"
- Example: "eyes were haggard and cavernous"
- Example: "small pinched faces"
- Example: "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"
[syn: bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gaunt \Gaunt\, a. [Cf. Norw. gand a thin pointed stick, a tall and thin man, and W. gwan weak.] Attenuated, as with fasting or suffering; lean; meager; pinched and grim. "The gaunt mastiff." --Pope. [1913 Webster] A mysterious but visible pestilence, striding gaunt and fleshless across our land. --Nichols. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

gaunt adj 1: very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration" [syn: bony, cadaverous, emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "gaunt": acarpous, angular, arid, bare, barren, bleak, bony, cadaverous, celibate, childless, desert, deserted, desolate, dismal, drained, dreary, dried-up, dry, emaciated, exhausted, fallow, flat, flat-chested, fleshless, forbidding, forlorn, fruitless, gangling, gangly, gawky, gelded, grim, haggard, harsh, hostile, impotent, ineffectual, infecund, infertile, inimical, issueless, jejune, lank, lanky, leached, lean, lean-fleshed, lean-looking, meager, menopausal, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific, pinched, rawboned, scraggy, scrawny, sine prole, skeletal, skinny, spare, spidery, spindling, spindly, stark, sterile, stern, sucked dry, teemless, thin, thin-bellied, thin-fleshed, twiggy, uncultivated, undersized, underweight, unfertile, unfriendly, unfruitful, unplowed, unproductive, unprolific, unsown, untilled, virgin, waste, wasted, without issue