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staunch1

[stawnch] /stɔntʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), noun
1.
stanch1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for staunch's

staunch1

/stɔːntʃ/
adjective
1.
loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
2.
solid or substantial in construction
3.
(rare) (of a ship, etc) watertight; seaworthy
Derived Forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
Word Origin
C15: (originally: watertight): from Old French estanche, from estanchier to stanch

staunch2

/stɔːntʃ/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunch's

staunch

adj.

early 15c., "impervious to water," from Old French estanche "firm, watertight," fem. of estanc "dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished," from Vulgar Latin *stanticare, probably from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "strong, substantial" first recorded mid-15c.; of persons, "standing firm and true to one's principles" from 1620s.

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