- 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 staunchly
And perhaps most enticingly, at least to employees I spoke with, the network would be staunchly nonpartisan.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
He asked to borrow one of their uniforms, and when they staunchly refused, Singh realized that he had run out of all options.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
She was staunchly against forming any sort of emotional bonds at work.Sandra Oh Says Goodbye to Grey’s Anatomy
May 16, 2014
Strangely for the staunchly Democratic city, there may be a competitive general election in November.20 Years After Marion Barry, D.C. Voters Boot a Scandal-Tainted Mayor
April 2, 2014
By the time Brady arrived, the city was a veritable Tetris game of villas fit into a grid of staunchly protected private estates.Casa de la Torre: The Museum of Mexico’s Liberace
March 24, 2014
The officers whom he tempted were, however, staunchly loyal.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
The three staunchly approached the door of Mrs. Trent's private study.Just Patty
"Stand by you; of course I'll stand by you," she said staunchly.Katharine Frensham
Of course, Gale said staunchly, with far more cheerfulness than she felt.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O
"I didn't expect such a magnificent view," said Happie staunchly.Six Girls and Bob
Marion Ames Taggart
- 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 staunchly
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.