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

Definition of stint

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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


noun (1)

Definition of stint (Entry 2 of 3)

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


noun (2)
plural stints also stint

Definition of stint (Entry 3 of 3)

: any of several small sandpipers (genus Calidris)

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stinter noun

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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


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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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not constant or steady

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