[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

Examples from the Web for stanchest

Historical Examples of stanchest

  • What was the stanchest code of ethics but a trunk with a series of false bottoms?

  • 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.

  • The old buck that hitherto led the herd had now gone off by himself, followed by a pair of the stanchest dogs.

  • We can imagine, however, that the stanchest woman's-right lady should cry for her lost lover.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for stanchest


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 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).

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