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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 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.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • 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
  • We can imagine, however, that the stanchest woman's-right lady should cry for her lost lover.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • His smile was not less gracious to them than to his dearest friends and stanchest supporters.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The Thessalians, thus abandoned, instantly treated with the invader, and became among the stanchest allies of Xerxes.

  • Outwardly he professed the stanchest republicanism and devotion to equal rights.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • The Republic owes them much, and their descendants are to-day among the stanchest preservers of her ideals.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • 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
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
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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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