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