staunch
Stanch Stanch, a. [Compar. {Stancher} (-[~e]r); superl. {Stanchest}.] [From {Stanch}, v. t., and hence literally signifying, stopped or stayed; cf. Sp. estanco stopped, tight, not leaky, as a ship. See {Stanch}, v. t.] [Written also {staunch}.] 1. Strong and tight; sound; firm; as, a stanch ship. [1913 Webster]

One of the closets is parqueted with plain deal, set in diamond, exceeding stanch and pretty. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

2. Firm in principle; constant and zealous; loyal; hearty; steady; steadfast; as, a stanch churchman; a stanch friend or adherent. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

In politics I hear you 're stanch. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. Close; secret; private. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

This is to be kept stanch. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • staunch — [stɔːntʆ ǁ stɒːntʆ, stɑːntʆ] adjective giving strong loyal support to a person, organization, or belief: • They are staunch trade unionists. • He is a staunch supporter of the free market. staunchly adverb : • The company has staunchly defended… …   Financial and business terms

  • staunch — [stônch, stänch] vt. [ME stanchen < OFr estanchier < VL * stanticare, to bring to a stop < L stans: see STANCE] 1. to stop or check (the flow of blood or of tears, etc.) from (a wound, opening, etc.) 2. a) to stop or lessen (the flow or… …   English World dictionary

  • Staunch — (st[aum]nch), Staunchly Staunch ly, Staunchness Staunch ness, etc. See {Stanch}, {Stanchly}, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • staunch — staunch·ly; staunch·ness; staunch; …   English syllables

  • staunch — Ⅰ. staunch [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) very loyal and committed. 2) archaic strong or watertight. DERIVATIVES staunchly adverb staunchness noun. ORIGIN Old French estanche «watertight» …   English terms dictionary

  • staunch — staunch, stanch Staunch (pronounced stawnch) is used both for the verb meaning ‘to restrain the flow of blood’ (with the blood or the wound as its object) and for the adjective meaning ‘trustworthy, loyal’. The variant form stanch (pronounced… …   Modern English usage

  • staunch — I adjective certus, constant, dependable, devoted, faithful, fast, fidus, firm, firmus, inflexible, iron, loyal, reliable, resolute, solid, sound, stable, stalwart, steadfast, steady, strong, substantial, sure, tried, true, trustworthy, trusty,… …   Law dictionary

  • staunch — var of STANCH …   Medical dictionary

  • staunch — (adj.) early 15c., impervious to water, from O.Fr. estanche firm, watertight, fem. of estanc dried, exhausted, wearied, vanquished, from V.L. *stanticare, probably from L. stans (gen. stantis), prp. of stare to stand, from PIE root *sta to stand… …   Etymology dictionary

  • staunch — *faithful, loyal, true, constant, steadfast, resolute Analogous words: trusty, trustworthy, *reliable, dependable, tried: stout, *strong, tough, tenacious, sturdy, stalwart Contrasted words: *inconstant, fickle, mercurial, unstable, capricious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • staunch — [adj] resolute, dependable allegiant, ardent, constant, faithful, fast, firm, inflexible, liege, loyal, reliable, secure, sound, stable, stalwart, steadfast, stiff, stout, strong, sure, tough, tried and true, true, true blue, trustworthy, trusty; …   New thesaurus

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