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

  • adj. Firm and steadfast; true. See Synonyms at faithful.
  • adj. Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution.
  • v. Variant of stanch1. See Usage Note at staunch1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See stanch, stanchly, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See stanch, etc.

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

  • adj. firm and dependable especially in loyalty
  • v. stop the flow of a liquid


Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier; see stanch1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French estanchier ("to stanch"), from Vulgar Latin *stanticāre ("to stop"), from Latin stāre, present active infinitive of stō ("I stand"). (Wiktionary)



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  • at his hand's staunch hest, birds build.
    from "Ode for Ted," Sylvia Plath

    April 14, 2008

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

    October 21, 2007

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