- 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.
Origin of staunch2
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Examples from the Web for stauncher
But he—he was stauncher; he was most to be trusted when the game seemed all but lost.The Kingdom Round the Corner
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
- loyal, firm, and dependablea staunch supporter
- solid or substantial in construction
- rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
- a variant spelling of stanch
Word Origin and History for stauncher
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.