staunch

As an adjective, staunch means firm. You might want to go to that concert Friday night, but your parents' staunch opposition prevents you.

Staunch is sometimes used as a verb to mean "to stop the flow of a liquid," but most usage books will tell you it's better to use the word stanch for the verb. Think of a soldier stopping and standing still, and you will understand the connection between the two meanings. The adjectival form should make you think of "stand," as in “stand firm,” or "take a stand." It comes from the French estanche meaning “watertight” and the Latin stanticare, which is probably from stans for “stand.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: staunch

1
adj
firm and dependable especially in loyalty
2
v
stop the flow of a liquid
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: staunch
1

adj firm and dependable especially in loyalty

“a staunch defender of free speech”
Synonyms:
steadfast, unswerving
constant
steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection
2

v stop the flow of a liquid

staunch the blood flow”
Synonyms:
halt, stanch, stem
Type of:
check
arrest the motion (of something) abruptly
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