[ stint ]
/ stɪnt /

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 forms

Can be confused

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Examples from the Web for unstinting

British Dictionary definitions for unstinting (1 of 3)


/ (ʌnˈstɪntɪŋ) /


not frugal or miserly; generoushard work and unstinting support

British Dictionary definitions for unstinting (2 of 3)


/ (stɪnt) /


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 Forms

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 unstinting (3 of 3)


/ (stɪnt) /


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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