Main definitions of staunch in English

: staunch1staunch2

staunch1

adjective

  • 1Very loyal and committed in attitude.

    ‘a staunch supporter of the anti-nuclear lobby’
    ‘a staunch Catholic’
    • ‘Spain, which is hosting the conference and whose Prime Minister Jose-Maria Aznar was a staunch supporter of the war, will pledge $293m.’
    • ‘Mr Todd, a staunch Leeds United supporter for 50 years, had gone to his local, the Jolly Sailor, at Cawood, to watch Leeds play Manchester United.’
    • ‘A staunch Wicklow supporter he has been scarified for hoisting the Dublin colours in Balto, not a sneer at his roots, but his admiration for the capital county.’
    • ‘Mr. Roy, who has been a staunch supporter of Mr. Deo in providing succour to Parkinson's victims, translated the speech for the audience.’
    • ‘A staunch Putin supporter, he said: ‘The President will make us great again, just like in the time of the Soviet Union.’’
    • ‘He has links with prominent politicians and he has been a staunch supporter of the new man Putin since well before his ascension to the Prime Minister's position.’
    • ‘As a headteacher, she had loyal friends and staunch critics as she strove to give the girls of St. Louise's Comprehensive College a better start in life.’
    • ‘In recent years, Bulgaria proved to be a loyal and staunch ally to the US, which was further deepened with our full-fledged NATO membership.’
    • ‘Edwin Morgan, in the Glasgow nursing home where he now lives, is Scotland's foremost contemporary poet - and a staunch supporter of independence.’
    • ‘Denmark's government is a staunch supporter of the Bush administration and has committed troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.’
    • ‘This competition is sponsored annually by Canon Sean Collier, former Parish Priest of Borris in Ossory and staunch supporter of the billiard club.’
    • ‘Rabbi Jaffe also paid tribute to Mr Williams whom, he said, had been a staunch supporter of the school from the outset and a retirement gift was presented to Mr Williams on behalf of the school.’
    • ‘House of Representative Republican from Philadelphia, Curt Weldon, is a staunch supporter of missile defence and a member of the powerful Armed Services Committee.’
    • ‘They are staunch supporters of Manchester United.’
    • ‘Although their commitments to Hull meant they were unable to take up an active role with York, Stabler remains a staunch supporter of the Wasps.’
    • ‘Dr. Haloburdo is described as a dedicated, quiet, staunch supporter of baccalaureate education for nurses.’
    • ‘Two actors, who are staunch supporters of Roh, stirred the party by saying that there were many candidates for parliamentary seats who were not matched with the Uri Party's platform.’
    • ‘Noel had special words of thanks for their main sponsor for the marathon, John Curley of Curley Quality Foods, who is a native of Kilconly and a staunch supporter of the Foundation for some years.’
    • ‘Mr Sykes, for many years a staunch Conservative supporter, turned his back on the party believing its stance on Europe was not tough enough in defence of the pound, Britain's sovereignty and economy.’
    • ‘Michael McGloin from the Garrafrauns area, a staunch supporter of Manchester United, attended their recent league game against Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford.’
    stalwart, loyal, faithful, trusty, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, constant, hard-working, vigorous, stable, firm, steadfast, redoubtable, resolute, unswerving, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering
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  • 2(of a wall) of strong or firm construction.

    ‘these staunch walls could withstand attack by cannon’
    robust, strong, strongly made, well built, well made, solid, substantial, stout, sound, serviceable, stable
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    1. 2.1archaic (of a ship) watertight.
      ‘powerful and stanch boats’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘watertight’): from Old French estanche, feminine of estanc, from a Romance base meaning ‘dried up, weary’. Sense 1 dates from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation

staunch

/stɔːn(t)ʃ/

Main definitions of staunch in English

: staunch1staunch2

staunch2

(US stanch)

Pronunciation /stɑːn(t)ʃ//stɔːn(t)ʃ/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Stop or restrict (a flow of blood) from a wound.

    ‘he staunched the blood with whatever came to hand’
    figurative ‘the company did nothing to staunch the tide of rumours’
    • ‘After the physio had tried to staunch the flow of blood to the head wound, he called for an ambulance to get Abrazu into hospital.’
    • ‘Bystanders staunched the flow of blood with towels and an apron.’
    • ‘Three years ago, in an effort to stanch the alarming flow of failed R&D projects, Pfizer dispatched 600 of its top scientists to determine why so many compounds flunked in clinical trials.’
    • ‘I don't think, if the goal was to end his drop in the polls or at least staunch the flow from his wounds, that he accomplished it.’
    • ‘The hospital had been alerted and by the time we got there the doctor was already waiting outside for us and we went straight into the emergency room where they staunched the blood flow.’
    • ‘Elizabeth was there already, trying to staunch the flow of blood from the wound in Carl's chest.’
    • ‘After the initial incisions are made, robotic arms wielding a tiny camera and surgical tools make the snips, stanch the blood flow, and sew up inside when all is done.’
    • ‘She was dangerously close to a coma when the ambulance got there, but they managed to staunch the blood flow enough to move her to the hospital.’
    • ‘But few in Khartoum, including western diplomats and local human rights activists, are convinced that such a move would staunch the flow of either oil or blood.’
    • ‘Bending double, he pressed one hand over the other, trying to staunch the hot flow of blood.’
    • ‘The master-thief put a hand to his wound again in a half-hearted attempt to staunch the blood flow.’
    • ‘I was trying to staunch the flow of blood from his wound, which was a massive wound to his left forehead, and keep him from moving.’
    • ‘Paramedics said Mr Wardle would have died had it not been for the actions of a quick-thinking neighbour who staunched the flow of blood from a stab wound in his shoulder.’
    • ‘Faithfully applied, the court's ruling may be helping to staunch the flow of questionable science.’
    • ‘In the process of powerfully meeting the lively Hakan Yakin's free-kick he butted Choi Jin-cheul's head and both players needed lengthy treatment to stanch the flow of blood.’
    • ‘Four were carrying a large white-swathed bundle, while the other four desperately attempted to staunch the flow of blood from various wounds.’
    • ‘His smaller arms clasped at the oozing wounds on his back to staunch the flow of blood.’
    • ‘Spam has become such a menace to the Internet that the Federal Trade Commission should take swift steps to stanch the flow of bulk e-mail, three consumer groups said Wednesday.’
    • ‘Many universities scaled back their distance education business plans to stanch the flow of red ink.’
    • ‘Russell scrubbed angrily at his cheeks, trying to staunch the flow of tears.’
    1. 1.1 Stop the flow of blood from (a wound).
      • ‘Schilling wasn't alone in being willing to spill a little blood to staunch an ancient wound.’
      • ‘Rathnir had already staunched the wound on her torso and seemed to have been ready to bandage it when Bleandol entered.’
      • ‘They tried to staunch the wound and keep her alive but she stayed them.’
      • ‘With the tail of my t-shirt, I staunched the wound on my forehead, which I hadn't noticed until the blood dribbled into my eyes.’
      • ‘Running in with your guns blazing will only leave Sam bleeding profusely with no ammunition, no medical kits to staunch the wounds and plenty of lights fully turned on.’
      • ‘Derek walked through them, teaching the unwounded how to treat each other for shock, how to staunch a wound or tourniquet a limb that was bleeding too badly.’
      • ‘Unless I staunch this wound now, I'll leave a trail from here to the bathroom, and this was not what my wife was expecting to see when she came home.’
      • ‘After staunching the wound and waiting for the bleeding to slow down, she looked at him.’
      • ‘She tore it into sections, oblivious to the stares she received toward her black lace bra, and tried to staunch his wounds with the fabric.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French estanchier, from the base of staunch.

Pronunciation

staunch

/stɑːn(t)ʃ//stɔːn(t)ʃ/