- 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
- 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.
adjectivestaunch·er, staunch·est, also stanch·er 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.
Usage Note: Staunch is more common than stanch as the spelling of the adjective. Stanch is more common than staunch as the spelling of the verb.
(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.
The spelling staunch is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.
From Old French estanchier (“to stanch"), from Vulgar Latin *stanticÄre (“to stop"), from Latin stÄre, present active infinitive of stÅ (“I stand").