[stawnch, stanch, stahnch]

verb (used with object)

to stop the flow of (a liquid, especially blood).
to stop the flow of blood or other liquid from (a wound, leak, etc.).
Archaic. to check, allay, or extinguish.

verb (used without object)

to stop flowing, as blood; be stanched.


Also called flash-lock, navigation weir. a lock that, after being partially emptied, is opened suddenly to send a boat over a shallow place with a rush of water.

Also staunch.

Origin of stanch

1275–1325; Middle English stanchen, staunchen (v.) < Old French estanchier to close, stop, slake (thirst) < Vulgar Latin *stanticāre, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns, present participle of stāre to stand) + -icāre causative suffix
Related formsstanch·a·ble, adjectivestanch·er, nounun·stanch·a·ble, adjective


[stawnch, stahnch, stanch]

adjective, stanch·er, stanch·est.

Related formsstanch·ly, adverbstanch·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stanch

Historical Examples of stanch

  • She was a stanch five-year-old, and she had roamed the mountains about Pop's place at will.

  • The Forward will be a stanch ship and she will carry good engines.

  • After all, he was a stanch friend, and he braved no common dangers in his pursuit.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • She reserved articles she presented to her stanch friend, Kate O'Brien.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

  • Meanwhile we laid him on his bed, and I did what I could to stanch the bleeding and ease his suffering.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for stanch


staunch (stɔːntʃ)


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 Formsstanchable or staunchable, adjectivestancher or stauncher, noun

Word Origin for stanch

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 stanch

"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