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Borrowing from Old French estanche (firm, watertight) (whence Modern French étanche); cf. the verb estanchier.



staunch (comparative stauncher, superlative staunchest)

  1. loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding
    He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      he relished a glass of choice old wine in season as both nourishing and bloodmaking and possessing aperient virtues (notably a good burgundy which he was a staunch believer in)
  2. dependable, persistent
    Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.



staunch (third-person singular simple present staunches, present participle staunching, simple past and past participle staunched)

  1. (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
  2. (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
    Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!


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Usage notes[edit]

The spelling staunch is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.