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staunch

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[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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Origin of staunch

2
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 for staunch

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1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound.
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Related Words for staunchest

steadfast, reliable, trustworthy, loyal, stout, ardent, stalwart, sound, firm, secure, fast, stable, true, constant, faithful, inflexible, stiff, strong, sure, tough

Examples from the Web for staunchest

Contemporary Examples of staunchest

Historical Examples of staunchest

  • I used to be one of his staunchest supporters, but I draw the line at lunacy.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He was one of Harry Hamilton's staunchest friends and admirers.

  • No, simpleton, he is one of the staunchest we have for the Ministry.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • My family had been among the staunchest of Lutherans for generations.

    Wagner as I Knew Him

    Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger

  • And Emma's brother, the son of William's staunchest vassal, how fared he?

    The Siege of Norwich Castle

    Matilda Maria Blake


British Dictionary definitions for staunchest

staunch

1
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 for staunch

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

staunch

2
verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunchest

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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