Pronunciation: (stônch),[key] —v.t., v.i., n. stanch1.
Pronunciation: (stônch, stänch),[key] —adj.,-er, -est. 1. firm or steadfast in principle, adherence, loyalty, etc., as a person: a staunch Republican; a staunch friend. 2. characterized by firmness, steadfastness, or loyalty: He delivered a staunch defense of the government. 3. strong; substantial: a staunch little hut in the woods. 4. impervious to water or other liquids; watertight: a staunch vessel.Also,stanch.