[stawnch, stahnch, stanch]
Related formsstanch·ly, adverbstanch·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stancher

Historical Examples of stancher

  • "An' she's stancher--a wonderful lot stancher," continued the other.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • There was color in her cheeks and a stancher adjustment of the lines of her face.

  • Never was a stancher heart than thine, Caillette, or a truer friend.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham

  • There's not a stancher, closer-mouthed creature in existence than Bear.

    Nobody's Child

    Elizabeth Dejeans

  • And never had Duane bestrode a gamer, swifter, stancher beast.

British Dictionary definitions for stancher


staunch (stɔːntʃ)

  1. to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
  2. to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
  3. an archaic word for assuage
  1. 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 stancher



"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).

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