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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from a Scandinavian language

gaunt

adjective
     
gaunt
1 very thin and pale, especially because of illness or continued worry [= drawn]:
the old man's gaunt face
2C literary a building, mountain etc that is gaunt looks very plain and unpleasant:
a gaunt cathedral
gauntness noun [uncountable]

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