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[stawnch] /stɔntʃ/
verb (used with or without object), noun
stanch1 .


[stawnch, stahnch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ/
adjective, stauncher, staunchest.
firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person:
a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty:
He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
strong; substantial:
a staunch little hut in the woods.
impervious to water or other liquids; watertight:
a staunch vessel.
Also, stanch.
Origin of staunch2
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for staunch
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  • The staunch old gentleman was still in his trust; had never left it.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Pee-wee's loyalty was so staunch that he did not even consider the things his aunt had said.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Decimus Saxon is staunch, though, and that word shall never be spoken.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • There was the corner grocer, too, with whom I pretended to be staunch friends.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • If you ever acted like staunch fellows, you will do so to-day.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for staunch


loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
(rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Word Origin
C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch


verb, noun
a variant spelling of stanch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for staunch

early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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