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.
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