- 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: Middle 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: OFr estanche, fem. of estanc, akin to v.
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also stanchadjective staunch·er also stanch·er, staunch·est also stanch·est
- Firm and steadfast; true. See Synonyms at faithful.
- Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution.
Origin: Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch 1.
- staunchˈly adverb
- staunchˈness noun