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stanch2

[stawnch, stahnch, stanch]
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adjective, stanch·er, stanch·est.
  1. staunch2.
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Related formsstanch·ly, adverbstanch·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stanchest

Historical Examples

  • What was the stanchest code of ethics but a trunk with a series of false bottoms?

    The Greater Inclination

    Edith Wharton

  • He broke into homes, and pillaged even the stanchest Imperialists.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle

  • He saw Bart Hodge, who had once been his bitter enemy, but who had become his stanchest friend.

  • The old buck that hitherto led the herd had now gone off by himself, followed by a pair of the stanchest dogs.

  • We can imagine, however, that the stanchest woman's-right lady should cry for her lost lover.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for stanchest

stanch

staunch (stɔːntʃ)

verb
  1. to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
  2. to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
  3. an archaic word for assuage
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noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formsstanchable or staunchable, adjectivestancher or 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 stanchest

stanch

v.

"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).

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