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[stawnch, stahnch, stanch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ, stæntʃ/
adjective, stancher, stanchest.
staunch2 .
Related forms
stanchly, adverb
stanchness, noun Unabridged
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  • "They could not have a stancher or prettier champion, my dear," said a gray-haired man who sat near me.

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss
  • There was color in her cheeks and a stancher adjustment of the lines of her face.

  • There were no stancher adherents of the democratic idea than our intellectual aristocrats.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Never was a stancher heart than thine, Caillette, or a truer friend.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • We had learned to understand each other well, and no man ever had a stancher comrade than I had in Mishka Pavloff.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • "An' she's stancher--a wonderful lot stancher," continued the other.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • There's not a stancher, closer-mouthed creature in existence than Bear.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • And never had Duane bestrode a gamer, swifter, stancher beast.

  • The wish was only increased when the first Maid of the Mist was superseded by the new and stancher one.

  • He saw his son Kit more than once or twice in those days, and Kit appeared to be the stancher patriot of the two.

    The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for stancher


to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
an archaic word for assuage
a primitive form of lock in which boats are carried over shallow parts of a river in a rush of water released by the lock
Derived Forms
stanchable, staunchable, adjective
stancher, stauncher, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt
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Word Origin and History for stancher



"to stop the flow of" (especially of blood), c.1300, from Old French estanchier "cause to cease flowing, stop, hinder," from Vulgar Latin *stancare, perhaps contracted from *stagnicare, from Latin stagnum "pond, pool" (see stagnate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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