- 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
- Archaic 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.