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stint

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verb (used without object)
  1. to be frugal; get along on a scanty allowance: Don't stint on the food. They stinted for years in order to save money.
  2. Archaic. to cease action; desist.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to limit to a certain amount, number, share, or allowance, often unduly; set limits to; restrict.
  2. Archaic. to bring to an end; check.
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noun
  1. a period of time spent doing something: a two-year stint in the army.
  2. an allotted amount or piece of work: to do one's daily stint.
  3. limitation or restriction, especially as to amount: to give without stint.
  4. a limited, prescribed, or expected quantity, share, rate, etc.: to exceed one's stint.
  5. Obsolete. a pause; halt.
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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
Related formsstint·ed·ly, adverbstint·ed·ness, nounstint·er, nounstint·ing·ly, adverbstint·less, adjectiveun·stint·ed, adjectiveun·stint·ing, adjectiveun·stint·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedstent stint

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Related Words for unstinted

abundant, bountiful, lavish, plentiful, profuse

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Historical Examples of unstinted

  • She and he had toiled side by side like real partners; her efforts had been real and unstinted.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He will give as freely and with as unstinted self-sacrifice as they.

  • His fear of this catastrophe was being expressed in unstinted terms.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson

  • There were signs everywhere of capacity, and unstinted expenditure of money.

    The Heart of Unaga

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • But in this free, sylvan life there was the grace of an unstinted hospitality.

    Stories Of Ohio

    William Dean Howells


British Dictionary definitions for unstinted

stint

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verb
  1. to be frugal or miserly towards (someone) with (something)
  2. archaic to stop or check (something)
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noun
  1. an allotted or fixed amount of work
  2. a limitation or check
  3. obsolete a pause or stoppage
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Derived Formsstinter, noun

Word Origin for stint

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

stint

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

adj.

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of stint (v.).

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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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