Associations to the word «Gaunt»
GAUNT, adjective. Lean, angular, and bony
GAUNT, adjective. Haggard, drawn, and emaciated
GAUNT, adjective. Bleak, barren, and desolate
GAUNT, adjective. 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".
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.