stint

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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.

noun

Origin of stint

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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
Can be confusedstent stint

Definition for stint (2 of 2)

stint

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[ stint ]
/ stɪnt /

noun

any of various small sandpipers of the genus Calidris, as the least sandpiper.

Origin of stint

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1425–75; late Middle English stynte < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for stint (1 of 2)

stint

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/ (stɪnt) /

verb

to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
archaic to stop or check (something)

noun

an allotted or fixed amount of work
a limitation or check
obsolete a pause or stoppage
Derived Formsstinter, noun

Word Origin for stint

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

British Dictionary definitions for stint (2 of 2)

stint

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/ (stɪnt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for stint

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 stint

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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