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.
- enPR: /stônch/, IPA(key): /stɔːntʃ/
- (some accents) enPR: /stänch/, IPA(key): /stɑːntʃ/
- Rhymes: -ɔːntʃ, -ɑːntʃ
- Loyal, trustworthy, reliable.
- He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
- 1922 February, James Joyce, “[[Episode 16]]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
- he relished a glass of choice old wine in season as both nourishing and bloodmaking and possessing aperient virtues (notably a good burgundy which he was a staunch believer in)
- Dependable, persistent.
- Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.
- (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
- (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
- Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!
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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