stanch, staunch

The words stanch, staunch sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do stanch, staunch sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: stanch, staunch are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To stop the flow of blood from (a wound).

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To stop, check, or allay: "My anxiety is stanched; I am at peace” ( Scott Turow). See Usage Note at staunch1.

  4. :: adjective

    Variant of staunch1. See Usage Note at staunch1.

  1. :: adjective

    Firm and steadfast; true. See Synonyms at faithful.

  2. :: adjective

    Having a strong or substantial construction or constitution.

  3. :: verb

    Variant of stanch1. See Usage Note at staunch1.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").