transitive verbstanched, stanch·ing, stanch·es, also staunched staunch·ing staunch·es
- To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).
- To stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
- To stop, check, or allay: “My anxiety is stanched; I am at peace” ( Scott Turow ) See Usage Note at staunch1.
Origin of stanchMiddle English stanchen from Old French estanchier from Vulgar Latin stanticāre to stop probably from Latin stāns stant- present participle of stāre to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present stanches, present participle stanching, simple past and past participle stanched)
(comparative stancher, superlative stanchest)
- Strong and tight; sound; firm.
- a stanch ship
- Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steadfast.
- a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent
- Close; secret; private.