noun (1)

Definition of stint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a period of time spent at a particular activity served a brief stint as a waiter
b : a definite quantity of work assigned


\ ˈstint How to pronounce stint (audio) \
stinted; stinting; stints

Definition of stint (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to be sparing or frugal not stinting with their praise
2 archaic : stop, desist

transitive verb

1a : to restrict with respect to a share or allowance stinted herself of luxuries
b archaic : to limit within certain boundaries
2 archaic : to put an end to : stop


noun (2)
plural stints also stint

Definition of stint (Entry 3 of 3)

: any of several small sandpipers (genus Calidris)

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Noun (1)

task, duty, job, chore, stint, assignment mean a piece of work to be done. task implies work imposed by a person in authority or an employer or by circumstance. charged with a variety of tasks duty implies an obligation to perform or responsibility for performance. the duties of a lifeguard job applies to a piece of work voluntarily performed; it may sometimes suggest difficulty or importance. the job of turning the company around chore implies a minor routine activity necessary for maintaining a household or farm. every child was assigned chores stint implies a carefully allotted or measured quantity of assigned work or service. a 2-month stint as a reporter assignment implies a definite limited task assigned by one in authority. a reporter's assignment

First Known Use of stint

Noun (1)

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stint


Middle English, from Old English styntan to blunt, dull; akin to Old Norse stuttr scant

Noun (2)

Middle English stynte

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The first known use of stint was in the 13th century

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“Stint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stint

: to use or give something in limited amounts


\ ˈstint How to pronounce stint (audio) \
stinted; stinting

Kids Definition of stint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be stingy or sparing Don't stint on necessities.



Kids Definition of stint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an amount of work given
2 : a period of time spent at a particular activity He had a brief stint as a waiter.


Medical Definition of stint

variant of

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