Pronunciation: (stônch), [key]
—v.t., v.i., n.
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.
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