- 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 stints
The actors perform these scenes for four, sometimes six hour, stints and are “exhausted,” he adds, by the end of their shifts.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights
October 7, 2014
Among his previous assignments were stints in war zones like Afghanistan and the Congo.Brazil’s World Cup Is An Expensive, Exploitative Nightmare
May 30, 2014
Under normal circumstances, they would be replaced when their stints in Washington are up.Exclusive: State Department Approves, Then Revokes, Visa for New Syrian Diplomat
July 9, 2013
Spector studied law after stints in the military and a “leftist kibbutz in Israel.”Mexico Murders Prompt Asylum Pleas
Terry Greene Sterling
September 30, 2011
Her rise to fame was hampered by a debilitating heroin addiction, stints in rehab, and troubles with the law.The War Over Etta James' Fortune
March 8, 2011
And he has lands and a castle; and yet how miserably we live, and how he stints me!The Caxtons, Complete
And beget a lot of brats for some cheap clerk, who stints her expenses!Painted Veils
And he has lands and a castle—and yet how miserably we live, and how he stints me!
He has his signs too, and aspects, his seasons, periods and stints.Tablets
Amos Bronson Alcott
Tell the cook it's an order, and if he stints it there'll be consequences.Empire Builders
- 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 stints
"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.