Lank vs Gaunt - What's the difference?

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Lank is a related term of gaunt.


As a noun lank

is a link (connection).

As an adjective gaunt is

lean, angular and bony.

lank

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Slender or thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean.
  • * Meager and lank with fasting grown. - .
  • * Who would not choose ... to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? - .
  • * Blacks in the fields, lank'' and stooped, their fingers spiderlike among the bolls of cotton. - 1985 , chapter 1.
  • (of hair) Straight and flat; thin and limp. (often associated with being greasy)
  • * Lank hair, long, thin hair. -
  • (obsolete) languid; drooping.
  • * Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head. -
  • (Macaulay)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (rare) To become lank; to make lank.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Anagrams

    * ----

    gaunt

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (l) * (l) (Scotland)

    Adjective

    (er)
  • 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. }}

    Synonyms

    * scraggy, scrawny, skinny