Languishing vs Gaunt - What's the difference?

languishing | gaunt |

As adjectives the difference between languishing and gaunt

is that languishing is lacking of vigor or spirit while gaunt is lean, angular and bony.

As a verb languishing

is .

As a noun languishing

is the act of one who languishes.




  • lacking of vigor or spirit.
  • Verb

  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act of one who languishes.
  • * 1680 , Thomas Otway, The Orphan
  • Happy, Monimia, he to whom these sighs, / These tears, and all these languishings , are paid!



    Alternative forms

    * (l) * (l) (Scotland)


  • lean, angular and bony
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1894 , author=Joseph Jacobs , title=The Fables of Aesop , chapter=1 citation , passage=A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.}}
  • haggard, drawn and emaciated
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1917 , author=Arthur Conan Doyle , title=His Last Bow , chapter=5 citation , passage=In the dim light of a foggy November day the sick room was a gloomy spot, but it was that gaunt , wasted face staring at me from the bed which sent a chill to my heart.}}
  • bleak, barren and desolate
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1908 , author=William Hope Hodgson , title=The House on the Borderland , chapter=14 citation , passage=Behind me, rose up, to an extraordinary height, gaunt , black cliffs. }}


    * scraggy, scrawny, skinny