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.


Origin of stint

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

Synonyms for stint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for unstinted

abundant, bountiful, lavish, plentiful, profuse

Examples from the Web for unstinted

Historical Examples of unstinted

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


    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




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 Formsstinter, noun

Word Origin for stint

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




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 unstinted

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