- The definition of a stint is a limited period of work or a limited time in a specific job or profession.
An example of a stint is a person who tries acting for only two months.
- to restrict or limit to a certain quantity, number, share, or allotment, often small or scanty
- Archaic to stop
Origin of stintMiddle English stinten, to stint, cease, stop ; from Old English styntan, to blunt or dull, akin to stunt, blunt, dull: see stunt
- to be sparing or grudging in giving or using
- Archaic to stop
- restriction; limit; limitation
- Now Rare a limited or fixed quantity, allotment, share, etc.
- an assigned task or quantity of work
- a specified period of time spent doing something
Origin of stintLate Middle English stynte ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbstint·ed, stint·ing, stints
- To be frugal or economical in providing something; hold back: The host did not stint on the wine. He does not stint when providing advice.
- Archaic To stop or desist.
- a. To restrict (someone) in what is provided or allowed: “found his living so expensive that he had to stint his family” (William Marvel).b. To restrict (something supplied); be sparing with.
- Archaic To cause to stop.
- A length of time spent in a particular way, especially doing a job or fulfilling a duty: a two-year stint in the military.
- A limitation or restriction: working without stint.
Origin of stintMiddle English stinten, to cease, from Old English styntan, to blunt.
Origin of stintMiddle English stint, from Old English.
(third-person singular simple present stints, present participle stinting, simple past and past participle stinted)
- (archaic, intransitive) To stop (an action); cease, desist.
- (intransitive) To be sparing or mean.
- The next party you throw, don't stint on the beer.
- (intransitive) To restrain within certain limits; to bound; to restrict to a scant allowance.
- To assign a certain task to (a person), upon the performance of which he/she is excused from further labour for that day or period; to stent.
- To impregnate successfully; to get with foal; said of mares.
Old English styntan (“make blunt”), probably influenced in some senses by cognate Old Norse *stynta.
- Common misspelling of stent (medical device).