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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, Old French estanche (firm, watertight) (whence Modern French étanche); compare the verb estanchier. Compare Romanian staunza and Spanish estante.

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AdjectiveEdit

staunch (comparative stauncher, superlative staunchest)

  1. Loyal, trustworthy, reliable.
    He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
  2. Dependable, persistent.
    Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.

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VerbEdit

staunch (third-person singular simple present staunches, present participle staunching, simple past and past participle staunched)

  1. (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
  2. (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
    Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!

Usage notesEdit

The spelling staunch is more commonly used for the adjective. In contrast, stanch is more commonly used as the spelling of the verb.

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