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From 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]