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

Examples from the Web for unstinting

Contemporary Examples of unstinting

  • First, and most simply, the founding fathers were unstinting in their belief that the nascent republic had to pay its debts.

Historical Examples of unstinting

  • Creasy and many other historians are unstinting in praise of Mahmoud.

  • His generosity and kindliness toward his fellow-men was unstinting, but he was withal full to the brim of eccentricity.


    G. E. Mitton

  • Those who brought the richest gifts considered them a poor return for her own unstinting helpfulness.

    A Pioneer Mother

    Hamlin Garland

  • The Nation owes them its unstinting support while the battle continues--and its enduring gratitude when their service is done.

  • Mr. Kitchell grumbled at first, but when he learned my mission he, too, was jubilant and unstinting in his praise.

    The Yazoo Mystery

    Irving Craddock

British Dictionary definitions for unstinting



not frugal or miserly; generoushard work and unstinting support




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 unstinting

late 14c., "unceasing," from un- (1) "not" + present participle of stint (v.). Meaning "lavish" attested by 1845.



"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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