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[stawnch, stahnch, stanch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ, stæntʃ/
adjective, stancher, stanchest.
staunch2 .
Related forms
stanchly, adverb
stanchness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stancher
Historical Examples
  • "An' she's stancher--a wonderful lot stancher," continued the other.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • There was color in her cheeks and a stancher adjustment of the lines of her face.

  • Never was a stancher heart than thine, Caillette, or a truer friend.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • There's not a stancher, closer-mouthed creature in existence than Bear.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • And never had Duane bestrode a gamer, swifter, stancher beast.

  • The wish was only increased when the first Maid of the Mist was superseded by the new and stancher one.

  • He saw his son Kit more than once or twice in those days, and Kit appeared to be the stancher patriot of the two.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • His flight had made many uneasy, but his return, for that reason, brought a stancher fealty from these; and this was evident now.

    A Cumberland Vendetta John Fox, Jr.
  • We had learned to understand each other well, and no man ever had a stancher comrade than I had in Mishka Pavloff.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • "They could not have a stancher or prettier champion, my dear," said a gray-haired man who sat near me.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for stancher


to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
an archaic word for assuage
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
Derived Forms
stanchable, staunchable, adjective
stancher, stauncher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt
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Word Origin and History for stancher



"to stop the flow of" (especially of blood), c.1300, from Old French estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from Vulgar Latin *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from Latin stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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