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staunch2

[stawnch, stahnch]
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adjective, staunch·er, staunch·est.
  1. firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
  2. characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
  3. strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods.
  4. impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.
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Also stanch.

Origin of staunch2

1375–1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related formsstaunch·ly, adverbstaunch·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.
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Examples from the Web for stauncher

Historical Examples

  • But he—he was stauncher; he was most to be trusted when the game seemed all but lost.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner

    Coningsby Dawson

  • I must say for them that they are stauncher than ever in their devotion to the republican ideals of our own country.

    A Year in Europe

    Walter W. Moore

  • Many a stauncher boat than his had turned back before these perils.

    Witches Cove

    Roy J. Snell

  • No man has more bitter enemies or stauncher friends than he.

    Three Years in Europe

    William Wells Brown

  • But the bulldog in Grant was never of stauncher breed than on that day.

    The Guns of Shiloh

    Joseph A. Altsheler


British Dictionary definitions for stauncher

staunch1

adjective
  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

staunch2

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

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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