stint

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noun (1)

1
a
: a period of time spent at a particular activity
served a brief stint as a waiter
b
: a definite quantity of work assigned
2

stint

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verb

stinted; stinting; stints

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
stinter noun

stint

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noun (2)

plural stints also stint
: any of several small sandpipers (genus Calidris)
Choose the Right Synonym for stint

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

Examples of stint in a Sentence

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Noun
Gunna runs through concerns about women, former friends, and drug use throughout the song, but also notes some recent highlights, like the massive success of his last album, released after a year-long stint in jail, and his noticeable new fitness. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Kevin Rezvani came of age in kitchens: spending summers at his grandfather’s bakery in Japan, doing work-study in his college cafeteria and working for years as a line cook at mid-tier restaurants, along with some stints in fast food. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The stint reinvigorated Gad, who is currently back in L.A. and prepping for the release of Piano Diaries – Volume One. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 14 Feb. 2024 Her only stint in private practice, Kagan left after three years and then bounced between government jobs and academia before landing on the top court. Zach Everson, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The tradition, which has grown from a one-off TV stint to a commercially viable and widely practiced holiday, typically includes brunching with your gal pals. Allison Hope, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Taylor was spotted arriving to Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday afternoon, following a four-show stint at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 With the three-game road trip, the Kings will complete a stint of 15 of 19 games on the road. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 12 Feb. 2024 According to a press release, the 15-date stint will make history as the first-ever full Spanish-language residency on the Las Vegas Strip. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 3 Feb. 2024
Verb
Gregory doesn’t stint from covering the misogyny affecting those women, either. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Linda Livingstone, president of Baylor University and chair of NCAA board of governors, said Baker’s history as governor and stint as a former CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care demonstrated an ability to listen, learn and adapt. Steve Leblanc, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2023 After his college career with the Cougars and stint with the Raiders, the Houston native also played for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Commanders before retiring from the NFL after the 2021 season, per ESPN. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 Boca Raton quickly became the most famous of the Florida boom projects and the MDC did not stint on hyperbole in its advertisements, aimed at potential real estate investors. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 25 July 2023 Add too much or too little water, treat the fit sloppily, or stint on the time each layer takes to harden, and you’ll be left with a mound of dust instead of a shapely shell that will defy rain and stand up to tremors. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 20 Apr. 2023 The other hero of the evening was Donald Runnicles, San Francisco’s former music director, who marshalled Strauss’s potentially cumbersome score without stinting on its opulence. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 3 July 2023 Acquired out of Sundance by A24, the film is thematically a bit thin but doesn’t stint on genuine scares, intensity or revulsion. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2023 And Bart, at least in his lyrics, does not stint on bleakness; even the bouncy title song is violent, proposing various ugly fates for the boy who dares to ask for more food. Jesse Green, New York Times, 4 May 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

Noun (2)

Middle English stynte

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

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

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Stint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stint. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

stint

1 of 2 verb
1
: to be sparing or stingy
not stinting with their praise
2
: to limit in share or portion : cut short in amount
stint the children's allowance
stinter noun

stint

2 of 2 noun
1
: restriction sense 1, limitation
gave without stint
2
a
: a quantity of work assigned
b
: a period of time spent at a particular activity
served a brief stint as a waiter

Medical Definition

stint

variant of stent

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