- to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance: Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
- Archaic. to cease action; desist.
- to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
- Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
- a period of time spent doing something: a two-year stint in the army.
- an allotted amount or piece of work: to do one's daily stint.
- limitation or restriction, especially as to amount: to give without stint.
- a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.: to exceed one's stint.
- Obsolete. a pause; halt.
Origin of stint1
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- any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris, as the least sandpiper.
Origin of stint2
Examples from the Web for stint
After a stint with a replacement Head Mistress went sour, R seriously considered shutting down La Domaine for good.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Alan Gross was in a cheery mood, having survived a grim five-year stint in a Cuban prison.Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor
December 18, 2014
He said he prefers to forget about his 18-month stint with the Railroad Commission.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
In 2010, President Obama then brought her back for a second stint.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
November 8, 2014
Over in Iowa, Branstad is aiming for a record sixth term in office in his second stint as governor.The Secret GOP Swing State Election Romp
October 28, 2014
"Stint it, Humphrey," said the tall squire, with a burst of laughter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I want to finish this stint, so as to have the afternoon off.The Green Satin Gown
Laura E. Richards
There he stopped, not entirely because his "stint" was done, but because what he saw surprised him.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
With you every path is plain to us, every river passable, and of provisions we shall know no stint.Anabasis
Daisy clapped her hands with delight, and did not stint her praise or approval.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
- to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
- archaic to stop or check (something)
- an allotted or fixed amount of work
- a limitation or check
- obsolete a pause or stoppage
- any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)
Word Origin and History for stint
"to limit, restrain, to be sparing or frugal," Old English styntan "to blunt, make dull," from Proto-Germanic *stuntijanan (cf. Old Norse stuttr "short, scant," Middle High German stunz "blunt, short," German stutzen "to cut short, curtail, stop, hesitate"), from PIE root *(s)teu- "to beat, strike, push, thrust" (see steep (adj.)). Related: Stinted; stinting. The noun is attested from c.1300.