1 [stawnch]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun Unabridged


2 [stawnch, stahnch]
adjective, stauncher, staunchest.
firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend.
characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government.
strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods.
impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.
Also, stanch.

1375–1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1

staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun

1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound. Unabridged
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stanch or staunch (stɑːntʃ, stɔːntʃ)
1.  to stem the flow of (a liquid, esp blood) or (of a liquid) to stop flowing
2.  to prevent the flow of a liquid, esp blood, from (a hole, wound, etc)
3.  an archaic word for assuage
4.  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
[C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt]
staunch or staunch
[C14: from Old French estanchier, from Vulgar Latin stanticāre (unattested) to cause to stand, from Latin stāre to stand, halt]
'stanchable or staunch
'staunchable or staunch
'stancher or staunch
'stauncher or staunch

staunch1 (stɔːntʃ)
1.  loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
2.  solid or substantial in construction
3.  rare (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
[C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch]

staunch2 (stɔːntʃ)
vb, —n
a variant spelling of stanch

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Word Origin & History

1412, "impervious to water," from O.Fr. estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from V.L. *stanticare, probably from L. stans (gen. stantis), prp. of stare "to stand," from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong,
substantial" first recorded 1455; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1623.
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Example sentences
There were lots of reasons for the reversal, but certainly staunch opposition
  from the energy industry played a significant role.
With so many meals in one place, the colony seems easy prey, but it has staunch
With staunch academic discipline they've plunged headlong into the fundamental
  physics of ram acceleration.
Perhaps a staunch one, because hey-they saved your life and now you have a
  happy story to share with other supporters.
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