staunch

1
[stawnch]

verb (used with or without object), noun


Nearby words

  1. staubach,
  2. staudinger,
  3. stauffenberg,
  4. staumrel,
  5. staun,
  6. staunchly,
  7. staunton,
  8. staurion,
  9. staurolite,
  10. staurolitic

staunch

2
[stawnch, stahnch]

adjective, staunch·er, staunch·est.

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 staunch

2
1375–1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1

SYNONYMS FOR staunch
1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.

Related formsstaunch·ly, adverbstaunch·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for staunch

staunch

1

adjective

loyal, firm, and dependablea staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Formsstaunchly, adverbstaunchness, noun

Word Origin for staunch

C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch

verb, noun

a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunch

staunch

adj.

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.

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