- The definition of staunch is someone or something strong, loyal or well made.
An example of staunch is a boat without any leaks.
- Staunch means to stop or lessen the flow of something.
An example of staunch is to plug up a hole in a barrel to stop the draining of liquid out of the barrel.
- to stop or check (the flow of blood or of tears, etc.) from (a wound, opening, etc.)
- to stop or lessen (the flow or drain of funds, resources, etc.)
- to stop up or close off (a source of draining or leakage)
- Now Chiefly Dial.
- to quench; quell
- to allay; appease
Origin of staunchMiddle English stanchen ; from Old French estanchier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form stanticare, to bring to a stop ; from Classical Latin stans: see stance
- watertight; seaworthy: a staunch ship
- firm; steadfast; loyal: a staunch supporter
- strong; solidly made; substantial
Origin of staunchOFr estanche, fem. of estanc, akin to v.
adjectivestaunch·er, staunch·est also stanch·er or stanch·est
- Firm and steadfast; loyal or true. See Synonyms at faithful.
- Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution: “the staunch turrets of the fortified city walls” (Robert Rosenberg).
Origin of staunchMiddle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch 1.
(comparative stauncher, superlative staunchest)
(third-person singular simple present staunches, present participle staunching, simple past and past participle staunched)
- To stop the flow of (blood).
- To stop, check, or deter an action.
- Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!
The spelling staunch is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.