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[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 stauncher
Historical Examples
  • But he—he was stauncher; he was most to be trusted when the game seemed all but lost.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
  • I must say for them that they are stauncher than ever in their devotion to the republican ideals of our own country.

    A Year in Europe Walter W. Moore
  • Many a stauncher boat than his had turned back before these perils.

    Witches Cove Roy J. Snell
  • No man has more bitter enemies or stauncher friends than he.

    Three Years in Europe

    William Wells Brown
  • But the bulldog in Grant was never of stauncher breed than on that day.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But the fiercer the attacks upon them the stauncher they stood and the more eloquent and powerful they became.

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
  • Slowly, laboriously out of the ashes rose a new hull, a stauncher one than its ill-fated predecessor.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • He heard a gasp of fear from the men, but the leader, of stauncher stuff, cowed them with his curses.

    The Sun Of Quebec Joseph A. Altsheler
  • No braver or more gallant Englishman—no nobler or stauncher friend—ever lived than he.

    The Missing Merchantman Harry Collingwood
  • He had no stauncher friend than Redding Bunting, the good old stage driver, who was a pronounced Union man.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
British Dictionary definitions for stauncher


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 stauncher



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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