staunch1 (stônch, stänch) KEY also stanch (stônch, stänch, stnch) KEY
staunch·er, also stanch·er staunch·est, also stanch·est
Middle English staunche, from Anglo-Norman estaunche, from estaunchier, to stanch, variant of Old French estanchier ; see stanch1
Staunch is more common than stanch as the spelling of the adjective. Stanch is more common than staunch as the spelling of the verb.