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.

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. Queen Constance:

    Behind every successful man must be a very successful, staunch woman, our tradition has it that when you are king, the elderly wives remain to hand down the tradition to the younger wives, and also to teach the king the tradition because the king had been a prince, not a king.

  2. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein:

    Any response to extremist violence must be targeted, proportionate and legal, military campaigns, financial sanctions and attempts to staunch the inflow of weapons ... may be part of the solution. But other actions are needed to stem the root causes that feed into these conflicts.

  3. 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.

  4. Anthony Coley:

    Department leadership will soon meet with reporters to hear their concerns about recent notices and further convey Attorney General Garland's staunch support of and commitment to a free and independent press.

  5. Thomas Randall:

    I’m a staunch liberal and I disagreed with Scalia on virtually everything, but it does not detract from his impact on the court.

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    base and cowardly
    • A. lank
    • B. tenebrous
    • C. currish
    • D. commensal

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