A staunch supporter.
An example of staunch is a boat without any leaks.
An example of staunch is to plug up a hole in a barrel to stop the draining of liquid out of the barrel.
A staunch ship.
Other Word Forms
Origin of staunch
- Middle English staunche from Anglo-Norman estaunche from estaunchier to stanch variant of Old French estanchier stanch1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French estanchier (“to stanch"), from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre (“to stop"), from Latin stāre, present active infinitive of stō (“I stand").