from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To restrict or limit, as in amount or number; be sparing with.
  • transitive v. Archaic To cause to stop.
  • intransitive v. To subsist on a meager allowance; be frugal.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To stop or desist.
  • n. A length of time spent in a particular way: a two-year stint in the military.
  • n. A fixed amount or share of work allotted. See Synonyms at task.
  • n. A limitation or restriction: working without stint.
  • n. Any of several small sandpipers of the genera Erolia or Calidris, of northern regions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of time spent doing or being something. A spell.
  • n. limit; bound; restraint; extent
  • n. Quantity or task assigned; proportion allotted.
  • v. To stop (an action); cease, desist.
  • v. To stop speaking or talking (of a subject).
  • v. To be sparing or mean.
  • n. Any of several very small wading birds in the genus Calidris. Types of sandpiper, such as the dunlin or the sanderling.
  • n. Common misspelling of stent (medical device).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of small sandpipers, as the sanderling of Europe and America, the dunlin, the little stint of India (Tringa minuta), etc. Called also pume.
  • n. A phalarope.
  • n. Limit; bound; restraint; extent.
  • n. Quantity or task assigned; proportion allotted.
  • intransitive v. To stop; to cease.
  • transitive v. To restrain within certain limits; to bound; to confine; to restrain; to restrict to a scant allowance.
  • transitive v. To put an end to; to stop.
  • transitive v. To assign a certain (i. e., limited) task to (a person), upon the performance of which one is excused from further labor for the day or for a certain time; to stent.
  • transitive v. To serve successfully; to get with foal; -- said of mares.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cause to cease; put an end to; stay; stop.
  • To bring to a stand; stay; put a stop to.
  • To forbear; cease.
  • To limit; restrain; restrict; hence, to limit or confine to a scanty allowance: as, to stint one's self in food; to stint service or help.
  • To assign a definite task to; prescribe a specified amount of labor for: as, to stint a pupil or a servant. See stint, n., 2.
  • To cover or serve (a mare) successfully; get with foal. See the quotation under stinted, 2.
  • To cease; desist; stay; stop; hold.
  • To be saving or careful in expenditure.
  • n. Limit; bound; limitation; restriction; restraint: as, common without stint (that is, without limitation or restriction as to the extent of the pasturage, the number of cattle to be pastured, or the period of the year).
  • n. Fixed amount or quantity; allowance; prescribed or allotted task or performance: as, a certain stint of work.
  • n. One of several small species of sandpiper, especially of the genus Actodromas; a sandpeep.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an unbroken period of time during which you do something
  • v. supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
  • n. smallest American sandpiper
  • n. an individual's prescribed share of work
  • v. subsist on a meager allowance


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English stinten, to cease, from Old English styntan, to blunt.
Middle English stint, from Old English.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English styntan ("make blunt"), probably influenced in some senses by cognate Old Norse *stynta.

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Origin unknown.


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