steadfast - Dictionary definition and meaning for word
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steadfast~stood + first ; One who has always STOOD with you and is the FIRST one to help you is a LOYAL friend.
Another meaning - Always STEADY so unswerving
STEADFAST-- Split as STEADY+fast
someone who is steady always
stead+fast...STEAD(substitute)...Coach choses that substitute(STEAD) FAST, who is the FIRM, LOYAL player in the team.