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  • IPA(key): /stɪnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪnt
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English stinten, from Old English styntan (to make blunt) and *stintan (attested in āstintan (to make dull, stint, assuage)), from Proto-West Germanic *stuntijan, from Proto-Germanic *stuntijaną and Proto-Germanic *stintaną (to make short), probably influenced in some senses by cognate Old Norse *stynta, stytta (to make short, shorten).


stint (third-person singular simple present stints, present participle stinting, simple past and past participle stinted)

  1. (archaic, intransitive) To stop (an action); cease, desist.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To stop speaking or talking (of a subject).
  3. (intransitive) To be sparing or mean.
    The next party you throw, don't stint on the beer.
    Synonym: skimp
  4. (transitive) To restrain within certain limits; to bound; to restrict to a scant allowance.
    • 1695, John Woodward, An Essay toward a Natural History of the Earth and Terrestrial Bodies
      I shall not in the least go about to extenuate the Latitude of it: or to stint it only to the Produćtion of Weeds, of Thorns, Thisiles, and other the less useful Kinds of Plants
    • 1729, William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
      She stints them in their meals.
  5. 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.
  6. (of mares) To impregnate successfully; to get with foal.
    • 1861, John Henry Walsh, The Horse, in the Stable and the Field
      The majority of maiden mares will become stinted while at work.


stint (plural stints)

  1. A period of time spent doing or being something; a spell.
    He had a stint in jail.
    • 2012 May 13, Andrew Benson, “Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      That left Maldonado with a 6.2-second lead. Alonso closed in throughout their third stints, getting the gap down to 4.2secs before Maldonado stopped for the final time on lap 41.
    • 2020 May 20, “Network News: A legacy of greater diversity in transport”, in Rail, page 13:
      Lilian Greenwood has ranked boosting diversity and inclusivity among her crowning achievements from her two-year stint chairing the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.
  2. Limit; bound; restraint; extent.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      God has wrote upon no created thing the utmost stint of his power.
  3. Quantity or task assigned; proportion allotted.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.


stint (plural stints)

  1. Any of several very small wading birds in the genus Calidris. Types of sandpiper, such as the dunlin or the sanderling.

Etymology 3[edit]


stint (plural stints)

  1. Misspelling of stent (medical device).





  1. absolute indefinite neuter singular of stinn.


stint (not comparable)

  1. repletely, bulgingly
    se stintstare at



Alternative forms[edit]


Related to stött (short,) stynt (to shorten.)


stint f (definite & vocative stinta, vocative plural stinte)

  1. A girl, i.e. an unmarried woman.



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