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verb (used with or without object), noun
  1. stanch1.
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Related Words

suspend, bar, avoid, stall, stay, break, arrest, intercept, interrupt, close, stem, disrupt, check, block, obstruct, clog, hush, seal, staunch, still

Examples from the Web for staunched

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Historical Examples

  • This she strapped down so tightly that, for the time at least, the bleeding was staunched.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • A bullet has entered his forehead, but the blood is staunched by the dust of the road.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • I have staunched and bandaged the wound, and you will be better soon.

    The Dash for Khartoum

    George Alfred Henty

  • He eased his pain, staunched the black blood from the wound, and gave him new strength.

  • Then Joseph bled at the nose, so that he might not by no means be staunched.

    A Knyght Ther Was

    Robert F. Young

British Dictionary definitions for staunched


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

Word Origin

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


verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunched



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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