Definition of STAUNCH

variant of 1stanch


adjective \ˈstnch, ˈstänch\

: very devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause

Full Definition of STAUNCH

a :  watertight, sound
b :  strongly built :  substantial
:  steadfast in loyalty or principle <a staunch friend>
staunch·ly adverb
staunch·ness noun

Variants of STAUNCH

staunch also stanch \ˈstnch, ˈstänch, ˈstanch\

Examples of STAUNCH

  1. She is a staunch advocate of women's rights.
  2. He's a staunch believer in the value of regular exercise.
  3. I'm one of his staunchest supporters.

Origin of STAUNCH

Middle English, from Anglo-French estanche, feminine of estanc, from estancher to stanch — more at stanch
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of STAUNCH

faithful, loyal, constant, staunch, steadfast, resolute mean firm in adherence to whatever one owes allegiance. faithful implies unswerving adherence to a person or thing or to the oath or promise by which a tie was contracted <faithful to her promise>. loyal implies a firm resistance to any temptation to desert or betray <remained loyal to the czar>. constant stresses continuing firmness of emotional attachment without necessarily implying strict obedience to promises or vows <constant friends>. staunch suggests fortitude and resolution in adherence and imperviousness to influences that would weaken it <a staunch defender of free speech>. steadfast implies a steady and unwavering course in love, allegiance, or conviction <steadfast in their support>. resolute implies firm determination to adhere to a cause or purpose <a resolute ally>.

Rhymes with STAUNCH

STAUNCHLY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈstnch, ˈstänch\

Definition of STAUNCH for Kids

:  strongly built :  substantial <staunch foundations>
:  loyal, steadfast <They were staunch supporters.>
staunch·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary


Medical Definition of STAUNCH

variant of stanch


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