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gaunt (adj.)

"lean and haggard," from or as if from hunger, mid-15c. (as a surname from mid-13c.), of uncertain origin; perhaps from a Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse gand "a thin stick," also "a tall thin man") and somehow connected with the root of gander. Connection also has been suggested to Old French jaunet "yellowish" [The Middle English Compendium].

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Definitions of gaunt from WordNet

gaunt (adj.)
very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold;
a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys
Synonyms: cadaverous / emaciated / haggard / pinched / skeletal / wasted
From wordnet.princeton.edu