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stint

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[ stint ]
/ stɪnt /
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Definition of stint

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
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM stint

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stint

stent, stint

Other definitions for stint (2 of 2)

stint2
[ 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)

stint1
/ (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 forms of stint

stinter, 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)

stint2
/ (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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