Gaunt vs Rotund - What's the difference?

gaunt | rotund |

As adjectives the difference between gaunt and rotund

is that gaunt is lean, angular and bony while rotund is having a round or spherical shape; circular; orbicular.



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




    (en adjective)
  • Having a round or spherical shape; circular; orbicular.
  • *'>citation
  • Round in body shape; portly or plump; podgy.
  • (of a sound) Full and rich; orotund; sonorous; full-toned.
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