staunch
Pronunciation
  • enPR: /stônch/, IPA: /stɔːntʃ/
  • (some accents) enPR: /stänch/, IPA: /stɑːntʃ/
Adjective

staunch (comparative stauncher, superlative staunchest)

  1. Loyal, trustworthy, reliable.
    He's been a staunch supporter of mine through every election.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[[Episode 16]]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗:
      he relished a glass of choice old wine in season as both nourishing and bloodmaking and possessing aperient virtues (notably a good burgundy which he was a staunch believer in)
  2. Dependable, persistent.
    Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.
Translations Translations Verb

staunch (staunches, present participle staunching; past and past participle staunched)

  1. (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
  2. (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
    Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!
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