Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Firm and steadfast; loyal or true. synonym: faithful.
  • adjective Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • See stanch, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • See stanch, stanchly, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding
  • adjective dependable, persistent
  • verb transitive To stop the flow of (blood).
  • verb transitive To stop, check, or deter an action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective firm and dependable especially in loyalty
  • verb stop the flow of a liquid

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French estanchier ("to stanch"), from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre ("to stop"), from Latin stāre, present active infinitive of stō ("I stand").

Examples

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  • " if there's anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman... S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling you. "

    October 21, 2007

  • Why has it taken so long for this word to appear? Always seems come before "supporter" doesn't it?

    October 21, 2007

  • at his hand's staunch hest, birds build.

    from "Ode for Ted," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008