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[stint] /stɪnt/
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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
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 forms
stintedly, adverb
stintedness, noun
stinter, noun
stintingly, adverb
stintless, adjective
unstinted, adjective
unstinting, adjective
unstintingly, adverb
Can be confused
stent, stint.
3. confine, restrain. 7. restraint, constraint. 8. allotment, portion. Unabridged
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  • I cannot formulate the things you do, though my friends praise me unstintingly.

    Cupology Clara
  • unstintingly he permitted the use of his discoveries, and was happy when he could benefit the public by his newly found treasures.

  • He was gratified when they unstintingly praised his personal appearance, although it was only what he had expected.

    Tommy Tregennis

    Mary Elizabeth Phillips
  • Mr. McGowan was unstintingly obeying the command when a loud knock jarred the side door.

    Captain Pott's Minister Francis L. Cooper
  • The contention so far had been that with the surfeit, coal would be so cheap that even the poorest could burn it unstintingly.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • Serious men enamored of voluntary seclusion carved it unstintingly and set its columns quaintly in triangular order.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Racine had produced a play from Euripides, the “Phdra,” on which he had unstintingly bestowed his best genius and his best art.

    French Classics William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • Home to their beloved land for which they fought and for which they unstintingly offered their lives to defend.

British Dictionary definitions for unstintingly


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
Derived Forms
stinter, noun
Word Origin
Old English styntan to blunt; related to Old Norse stytta to cut short; see stunt1


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 stunt1
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Word Origin and History for unstintingly



"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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