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stint1

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verb (used without object)
  1. to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance: Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
  2. Archaic. to cease action; desist.
verb (used with object)
  1. to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
  2. Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
noun
  1. a period of time spent doing something: a two-year stint in the army.
  2. an allotted amount or piece of work: to do one's daily stint.
  3. limitation or restriction, especially as to amount: to give without stint.
  4. a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.: to exceed one's stint.
  5. Obsolete. a pause; halt.

Origin of stint1

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English stinten, Old English styntan to make blunt, dull; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with Old Norse stytta to shorten; cf. stunt1
Related formsstint·ed·ly, adverbstint·ed·ness, nounstint·er, nounstint·ing·ly, adverbstint·less, adjectiveun·stint·ed, adjectiveun·stint·ing, adjectiveun·stint·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedstent stint

Synonyms

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3. confine, restrain. 7. restraint, constraint. 8. allotment, portion.
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Examples from the Web for stinted

Historical Examples

  • Nor stinted aught with larger fate, For that she was innately great.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862

    Various

  • I once imagined this dwarfed and stinted scrub to be a wood.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • We banqueted, neither a whit did soul get stinted of banquet impartial.

    Crocker's Hole

    R. D. Blackmore

  • It is because they have been stinted and starved at some period of their growth.

  • She stinted herself that she might make their lot more endurable.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell


British Dictionary definitions for stinted

stint1

verb
  1. to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
  2. archaic to stop or check (something)
noun
  1. an allotted or fixed amount of work
  2. a limitation or check
  3. obsolete a pause or stoppage
Derived Formsstinter, noun

Word Origin

Old English styntan to blunt; related to Old Norse stytta to cut short; see stunt 1

stint2

noun
  1. any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)

Word Origin

Old English; related to Middle High German stinz small salmon, Swedish dialect stinta teenager; see stunt 1
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Word Origin and History for stinted

stint

v.

"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.

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