What does staunch mean?

Definitions for staunch
stɔntʃ, stɑntʃstaunch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. steadfast, staunch, unswervingverb

    firm and dependable especially in loyalty

    "a steadfast ally"; "a staunch defender of free speech"; "unswerving devotion"; "unswerving allegiance"

  2. stem, stanch, staunch, haltverb

    stop the flow of a liquid

    "staunch the blood flow"; "stem the tide"


  1. staunchverb

    To stop the flow of (blood).

  2. staunchverb

    To stop, check, or deter an action.

  3. staunchadjective

    loyal, trustworthy, reliable, outstanding

  4. staunchadjective

    dependable, persistent

  5. Etymology: From estanchier, from *, from stare, present active infinitive of sto.


  1. staunch

    A flash lock is a type of lock for river or canal transport. Early locks were designed with a single gate, known as a flash lock or staunch lock. The earliest European references to what were clearly flash locks were in Roman times.


  1. staunch

    Staunch refers to being very loyal, dedicated or firm and steadfast in one's beliefs, support, or commitment. It can also mean to stop the flow of something, especially blood. It's used to describe someone or something that is reliable and determined and does not easily give up or change in difficult conditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Staunch

    alt. of Staunchness

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Staunch

    stawnsh, adj. firm in principle, pursuit, or support: trusty, hearty, constant, zealous.—adv. Staunch′ly.—n. Staunch′ness. [Stanch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. staunch

    A flood-gate crossing a river to keep up a head of water, and, by producing a rush in dry weather, floating the lighters over the adjacent shallows.

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  1. canthus

  2. chaunts

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of staunch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of staunch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of staunch in a Sentence

  1. Arlette Betts:

    As a Falkland Islander I definitely feel a bond with the royal family as a symbol of Britishness. I am a staunch royalist.

  2. Andrew Smith:

    I'm a staunch Republican and it brought tears to my eyes a couple of times. I'm not ashamed to say it.

  3. Constance Ahearn:

    He was always a staunch Republican because they backed the military. I can’t imagine how he would feel now.

  4. Greg Anderson:

    Let's face it. In most of life we really are interdependent. We need each other. Staunch independence is an illusion, but heavy dependence isn't healthy, either. The only position of long-term strength is interdependence: win/win.

  5. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

    It's like a serious wound you want to staunch the flow, that's not what happening in this country right now.

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