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[stawnch, stahnch] /stɔntʃ, stɑntʃ/
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.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English sta(u)nch < Middle French estanche (feminine), estanc (masculine), derivative of estancher to stanch1
Related forms
staunchly, adverb
staunchness, noun
1. constant, true, faithful. See steadfast. 2. resolute. 3. stout, sound. Unabridged
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  • Don't be surprised when people--perhaps, or especially, those who were your staunchest supporters at the outset--turn on you.
  • Each of his films is guaranteed to offend some of the people all of the time, including his staunchest admirers.
  • Top leaders of the dental group had been among the policy's staunchest defenders.
  • To all but their staunchest supporters, it was clear that the army had won the war.
  • These former skeptics are now some of the reserve's staunchest defenders.
  • Even its staunchest supporters would accept that its interests appear murky to outsiders.
  • Then again, geneticists think in terms of generations, and over that time scale even the staunchest opinions can change.
  • What you gain is the ability to scare even the staunchest of scientists who should know better.
  • Describes the sense of disappointment and disgust that this revelation has provoked among even his staunchest admirers.
  • Even some of her staunchest admirers disapproved of the last flight.
British Dictionary definitions for staunchest


loyal, firm, and dependable: a staunch supporter
solid or substantial in construction
(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


verb, noun
a variant spelling of stanch
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Word Origin and History for staunchest



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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