- 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
Synonyms for stint
Related Words for stintedduty, stretch, assignment, spell, tour, job, scrimp, chore, task, shift, work, share, term, quota, turn, consignment, time, bit, participation, grudge
Examples from the Web for stinted
Historical Examples of stinted
Nor stinted aught with larger fate, For that she was innately great.
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.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
She stinted herself that she might make their lot more endurable.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- 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
Word Origin for stint
- any of various small sandpipers of the chiefly northern genus Calidris (or Erolia), such as C. minuta (little stint)
Word Origin for stint
"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.