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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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  • Some of the stanchest vessels in the trade are more than half a century old, and promise to do duty for many years to come.

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

    The Young Yagers Mayne Reid
  • But I know Jimmy will meet me here if he's alive, for he always was the truest, stanchest old chap in the world.

    The Four Million

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

    The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope
  • The great line which boasted that it had never lost a life held its stanchest steamer three days—four days overdue.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • The Thessalians, thus abandoned, instantly treated with the invader, and became among the stanchest allies of Xerxes.

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

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Outwardly he professed the stanchest republicanism and devotion to equal rights.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • He had been his stanchest friend and supporter among the troop and company commanders, and was eager to befriend him now.

  • Often the men who opposed him most bitterly at first were afterward his stanchest friends and supporters.

    Winning a Cause John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
British Dictionary definitions for stanchest


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stanchest



"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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