staunch (comparative stauncher, superlative staunchest)
- 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)
- Dependable, persistent.
- Without our staunch front line the enemy would have split the regiment.
- French: fervent
- German: loyal
- Italian: leale
- Portuguese: confiável
- Russian: надёжный
- Spanish: fiel, leal, incondicional, acérrimo
staunch (staunches, present participle staunching; past and past participle staunched)
- (transitive) To stop the flow of (blood).
- (transitive) To stop, check, or deter an action.
- Somebody's got to staunch those press leaks!